For Pet's Sake Pet Sitting, LLC
...and dog walking, too!
February 21, 2014 Newsletter
Please be advised...There will be NO SERVICE from March 7-15, 2014 and July 3-15, 2014
Spring Has SprungExciting things are happening! I am proud to announce that I have obtained my certification from Pet Sitters International! This is not a required credential in my line of work, however, continued education is an important component to providing the absolute best care to your furry family members. I am also happy to announce that For Pet's Sake Pet Sitting, LLC is now an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau with an "A" rating.
Back-up Sitter/Walker Info I am widely available throughout much of the year, however, there may be times where I take vacations with my family or need time off for personal reasons. Having a "Back-up" is essential. Below you will find the information of a trusted pet care provider who has agreed to stand in for my clients as needed. Happy Tails Pet Sitting, LLCPhone: 915.491.6457Website: www.happytailsep.comContact: Courtney Littlepage Please identify yourself as a client of For Pet's Sake Pet Sitting, LLC upon initial contact.
Remember to take a minute to check my website:4PetsSakePetsitting.com for updates and information. I also post updates on my Facebook Page . Search "For Pet's Sake Pet Sitting, LLC" and "Like" Me!
A Personal Note:I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued business. It has always been my pleasure to play a small part in your pet(s)'s care.Thank you.
Please Note: There has been a rate increase for 2014. View the updated rates at www.4petssakepetsitting.com.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month
Ask Dr. Watts - Dr. Michael Watts |
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. For nearly two decades, veterinarians around the country have been using this month as an extra opportunity to educate pet owners about the importance of dental health. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease be age three. Is your pet one of them?
To find out, lift up your pet’s lip and look at her teeth and gums. If the teeth are perfectly white, the gums are an even light pink, and the breath is fresh, your pet probably has good oral health. If not, you should ask your veterinarian if it’s time for a cleaning.
Dental tarter is a yellow or brown mineralized material that accumulates on teeth. The mineral matrix traps harmful bacteria. Over time, these bacteria begin to cause inflammation along the gums and the ligaments that connect them to the teeth. This inflammation is known as periodontitis. It most often appears as dark pink or red patched between teeth, a red line along the gums, or bleeding gums . Many, many pets experience this common disease. While most owners do not think of periodontitis as a serious problem, veterinarians know the ugly truth.
The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health states, “studies have demonstrated an association between periodontal diseases and diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and adverse pregnancy outcome.” In veterinary patients we also see links between periodontal disease and damage to the kidneys and liver. In dogs and cats with gum inflammation, showers of bacteria frequently jet through the blood stream. The average patient will have a positive blood culture every ten days. These bacterial showers have been definitively linked to reduced life span. Regular dental care may add anywhere from two to five years to the life of your family pet!
In clinical practice, I see pets without regular dental care getting “old” at much younger ages than in other pets. Owners just convince themselves that their twelve year old cat’s kidney failure is just a product of age or nature. In reality, many of these pets could have lived longer, happier lives with regular dental care.
Again quoting the U.S. Surgeon General, “oral health is related to well-being and quality of life… Oral and craniofacial diseases and conditions contribute to compromised ability to bite, chew, and swallow foods; limitations in food selection; and poor nutrition… Oral-facial pain, as a symptom of untreated dental and oral problems and as a condition in and of itself, is a major source of diminished quality of life.”
Yes, toothaches really hurt. Even for your pet. Of course, animals are programmed by nature to hide pain until it becomes extreme. We know that their nervous systems experience the same pain signals as our own. We also know that tooth pain is one of the most intense and significant types of pain that can be experienced. Be kind to your pet and take care of her teeth!
The 2nd Annual Pet-A-Fair is tomorrow! I will be there with an information booth! Please stop by and say "Hello"!
For Pet's Sake Pet Sitting, LLC
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