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    How Often Should You Brush Your Dog's Teeth?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Brushing your dog’s teeth is a simple task that can have a major impact on her oral and overall health. However, many dog owners are unsure about how often they should brush their dog’s teeth. In general, brushing your dog’s teeth three to four times a week is sufficient to keep oral health problems at bay. However, the American Veterinary Medical Association does recommend daily brushing for optimal canine oral health. Brushing this often is especially important if your dog has had dental problems in the past. If you find it difficult to brush your dog’s teeth every day, talk to your vet about other steps you can take to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend specific foods, treats, and toys that are designed to improve dogs’ oral health.

    At The Vet House in Richardson, we employ the latest technology to keep our canine clients’ teeth and gums healthy. In addition to oral health exams and teeth cleanings, we can perform digital dental X-rays to ensure that your pet does not have any hidden oral health concerns. To find out more, contact us today at (972) 690-8741.

    Tips for Cleaning Your Cat's Litter Box

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Cats are very clean by nature—this is one of the aspects that makes them such great pets. However, if a cat’s litter box is not cleaned properly, the cat may become reluctant to use it. This can lead to health and behavioral concerns that require a trip to the veterinarian. Read below to learn a few helpful tips for cleaning your cat’s litter box properly.

    Get the Right Tools
    It’s important that you have the right supplies on-hand to keep your cat’s litter box clean. If the litter box is brand new, scrub it with hot soap and water to eliminate any lingering odors. You should also purchase a slotted scoop for removing waste and unscented litter.

    Scoop Every Day
    Your cat will be reluctant to even step into a dirty litter box, so it’s important to remove all waste each day. If more than one cat uses the litter box, you may need to scoop it twice per day. Use the slotted scoop to remove solid waste and clumps of cat litter from the box. Try to always scoop at about the same time each day to ensure that the box does not get too dirty between cleanings.

    Replace Litter Regularly
    Each time you scoop your cat’s litter box, you remove some of the litter. If there is not enough litter in the box, it will become dirty very quickly. Be sure to add some new litter to the box each time you scoop it. You should also change out all of the litter once or twice each week, depending on how many cats use the box. If the litter does not clump well, you may need to replace it more often.

    Sanitize the Box
    Whenever you change the litter, you should also sanitize the entire box. Use a mild cleaner that does not contain ammonia or citrus oils to scrub the box clean. Next, rinse the litter box thoroughly, dry it completely, and fill it with a few inches of fresh litter.

    Would you like to find out more about caring for your cat? At The Vet House, we work hard to ensure that all of our clients have the right information to keep their pets healthy. To schedule an appointment at our Richardson veterinary clinic, call (972) 690-8741. 

    Choosing the Best Puppy Food

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Did you know that puppies need to eat a different type of food than adult dogs? This is because puppies’ rapidly growing bodies have unique nutritional needs. To find out more about puppy food, check out this video clip.

    Dog food comes in three varieties—dry kibble, semi-moist food, and canned food. Dry kibble is often the best option for puppies, as it does not spoil, has an ideal fat content, and can help prevent tartar buildup on the teeth. Watch this full video to learn what nutrients should be present in your puppy’s food.

    If you have questions about caring for your puppy, contact The Vet House. Our Richardson veterinary clinic is dedicated to providing the best pet care information and services. Call (972) 690-8741 for more information.

    Finding Healthy Dental Foods and Treats for Your Dog

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Your dog’s overall health is made up of several individual factors, one of which is dental health. In addition to brushing your dog’s teeth and visiting the vet for regular canine oral health care appointments, you should also make sure your dog’s food and treats are ideal for encouraging dental health. Continue reading to learn some tips for finding healthy dental options for your canine companion.

    Look for Dental Chews
    There are many varieties of dog chews that are designed with dental health in mind. Visit your local pet supply store and look for a chew that is approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. This organization evaluates pet products, and those that are found to reduce plaque or tartar by 10% or more receive the VOHC seal of approval. Consider what size and flavor of chew will work best for your dog—some even contain ingredients that will freshen your dog’s breath.

    Limit Moist Treats
    While your dog may love to eat juicy treats, these can be detrimental to his oral health. Limit the amount of non-VOHC-approved treats your dog gets each week to ensure that you aren’t contributing to plaque and tartar buildup. In general, dry treats are better for canine oral health because they help to scrub away plaque.

    Talk to Your Vet about Dog Food Choices
    Choosing the best food for your dog will depend on a number of factors, so it’s important to talk to your veterinarian before making a dog food decision. Your vet can explain the benefits and drawbacks of dry, semi-moist, and canned dog foods and help you decide which will be best for your dog’s oral health and overall wellness. Some dog food varieties actually contain ingredients that help prevent tartar buildup, which can be especially helpful for dogs that are prone to oral health issues.

    Don’t let your dog’s overall health be compromised by dental problems. Instead, bring your dog to The Vet House for regular oral health care services. We even offer dental X-rays for pets. To find out more or to schedule a check-up for your pet, give us a call at (972) 690-8741.

    Check Out Our New YouTube Channel

    Last updated 6 months ago

    We just revamped our YouTube channel and would love for you to check it out. You can follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheVetHouseHospital or go to YouTube and type in "TheVetHouseHospital" If you subscribe to our channel you can see when we favorite adorable new videos like the one below!



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