Pet Dental Health: Why does it cost so much to clean my pet’s teeth?

The veterinary team at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is proud of our gold standard or care for our patients along with our use of fear free techniques.
With this in mind:
• We advise that all pets are seen by their veterinarian for a preventative exam which includes a thorough assessment of major body systems, including the heart, lungs, eyes, ears and mouth annually or every 6 months if they are 6 years or older, or a senior pet. This assists our veterinary team with creating the best anesthetic plan for each patient and provides a complete picture of each patient’s health.
• We keep our treatment rooms stocked with clearly labeled vital supplies readily available in case of an emergency.
• Our hospital is kept sanitary with frequent hand-washing and the use of antibacterial agents to disinfect all patient areas.
• Our veterinary team is trained in fear free techniques which includes proper restraint and humane handling techniques to ensure that every patient is treated with compassion and feels comfortable and safe while receiving the medical care they need.
• Our veterinary team provides client education and a full estimate with a low and high end for every procedure performed in our hospital. We strongly believe that going over any questions that you may have and educating you about your pet’s health and procedure will ease any anxiety that you may have about your pet’s general health and the care that they will receive in our hospital, as well as assist you with making the most informed decision possible in terms of your pets care.
• Our veterinary team will always offer preventative options for several reasons, first and most importantly to benefit the overall health of your pet and second to prevent unnecessary follow up visits if possible. Which can be costly to you and stressful for your pet. For example, if your pet requires extractions, it is recommended that is done during their teeth cleaning as opposed to making several visits. Continue…

Pain Management for Feline Stomatitis

Simon receives laser therapy at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital to provide pain management for feline stomatitis.

What Is Feline Stomatitis?

Feline stomatitis is a severe, painful inflammation of a cat’s mouth and gums. In most cases, the condition causes ulcers to form in the mouth; these ulcers can involve the lips, tongue, gums, and back of the throat. Cats of any age or breed can be affected.

  • Feline stomatitis is a severe, painful inflammation of a cat’s mouth and gums.
  • Dental disease, certain viruses, and some other inflammatory conditions can cause feline stomatitis.
  • The long-term outcome can vary. Many cats require long-term treatment to control the condition.

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February is National Dental Month

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is celebrating National Pet Dental Month by giving you a 10% discount for your pet’s dental cleaning. Call to make an appointment for your free dental consultation.

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Some Heartfelt Facts About Dental Disease

Pet Dental Procedure - Fairgrounds Animal HospitalSo you’ve brought your dog in to see her veterinarian for an annual checkup, and he recommends that she has a dental prophylaxis or dental cleaning. You’re given an estimate for the procedure, and it’s almost $400! It seems so expensive, and you find yourself wondering, “Do I really need to spend the money on this? It’s just bad breath right?”

Well, it’s not just bad breath. Your dog can develop gum disease, which can lead to serious internal illnesses, especially heart disease.

Let’s discuss how it all goes down – how does your dog get gum disease, how does it lead to heart disease, and finally, what concerns come along with a pet with heart disease? Continue…

Preventative Dental Care for Dogs and Cats

Dr. Eryn performs a dental procedure at Fairgrounds Animal HospitalEvery November and February is Dental Health Month here at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. This month, we will be bringing special focus to oral health and preventative dental care for dogs and cats – why dental care is so important for our pets and what it entails. Studies done in the 1970’s showed that periodontal disease is the most prevalent of any disease among our companion animals! Plaque and tartar build up is about 80% bacteria; that is why a pet with even a moderate amount of tartar can have horrible breath! Worse, tartar damages the gums, the jawbones, and the ligaments that hold the teeth in place, can cause infection in the tooth and bone, make teeth painful, and leaks bacteria into the bloodstream, damaging the kidneys, heart, and lungs. This process makes our pets feel sick, and shortens their lives by years! That is a big factor why, in the 1970’s, most pets didn’t live as long, and their senior years were often unpleasant ones. Continue…