Keoki's Corner

Why We are Making Strides

The doctors and staff of Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital are excited to be participating in The American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” for the third year in a row!  The walk is a OSSVH proof0001fundraising event to support breast cancer research and increase breast cancer awareness.  Team OSSVH will walk on Sunday, October 18th in Mount Airy at Watkins Park. We are inviting our clients, families, and friends to join us for the walk and/or to donate if you wish.  If you would like to register, please join “Team OSSVH”.  We would love to see you walk with us!  If you cannot join, but would like to help, you can donate through our team.  Our goal is to raise $5000. Continue…

Pet Dental Health

In following the discussion of last week’s post we are going to discuss some important points of pet dental disease. Nearly 85% of pets over three years of age have some form of dental disease, though most will show little sign of it.  While this number is staggering, we have to think of it in relation to humans; on average, we get two dental exams and cleanings per year and brush our teeth every day.  How often are we brushing our pets’ teeth?  Probably not as much as you brush your own.  

What are the signs of dental disease?

The most common sign pet owners notice is bad breath.  Bad breath is often caused by bacteria and decaying food that stick to the tartar on teeth.

Another sign of dental disease is tartar.  Tartar begins as plaque (bacterial biofilm) that coats the surface of the teeth.  If plaque is not removed from the teeth, it will harden (called mineralization) and form tartar and calculus.  Tartar appears as a tan or brown coating on the teeth, particularly on the molars and premolars.  Tartar buildup above and below the gumline can lead to gum recession and infection resulting in tooth loss if untreated. 

Other signs of dental disease could include discomfort while chewing, drooling, or reluctance to eat. Continue…

Make Your Own FroYo for Fido

Pets of all kinds love ice cream; dogs, however, seem to be the biggest fans. Many people share their ice cream with their dogs, and some even get their own bowl! While it may taste great, ice cream is not a healthy snack for dogs. There are commercial versions of dog ice cream available at the supermarket but could contain ingredients that may disagree with your pet. Why not make your pet their own healthy version? Continue…