Dental Discussions with Dr. Patrick Mahaney

It always helps us gain a little perspective when we spend a few minutes talking to Dr. Mahaney about pet dental topics. It feels like a year goes by and we might have ignored our pets teeth entirely, but it’s a good idea to stop for a few minutes and give it some thought. Much easier to think about it pro-actively than wait until it’s a headache.

In this podcast we learn:

  • About preventing dental disease.
  • If brushing your pet’s teeth is helpful.
  • If certain pet foods or chews are better for your pet’s teeth.
  • What your vet really wants you to know about pet dental care.

More from Dr. Mahaney next month as we talk Spring and seasonal pet issues. Feel free to post your questions for our team in the comments.

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Welcome to National Pet Dental Health Month

Pet Dental MonthConfession time: I’m about a year past due on Kayden’s dental cleaning.

Don’t judge. His teeth aren’t terrible. They’re not causing him problems. But I know they could be soon. Putting off this cleaning, especially now that he’s getting a tad older, could be problematic for not only his oral healthy but his general health. His heart and digestive system could be affected by infection or dental disease. And the dental cleaning process is less traumatic when done as a preventative measure, before there’s an issue.

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Disability is in the Eye of the Beholder

One of my favorite quotes is “There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more” (Robert M. Hensel). This is pretty powerful when you think about it. Are people truly disabled if we don’t tell them they are? And is their differently-abled life just as happy as a typically-abled life? We are all pre-conditioned to think of someone, or some animal, that is differently-abled as flawed in some way. We often do this without ever having had a personal interaction with a differently-abled person or pet. Many people and animals with impairments have had them since birth and known no other way. To them, this is normal, the way it has always been. In many cases it is only when someone else tells them or treats them differently that they feel lesser as a result of their impairment. It is when they are told they won’t be able to do certain things that they become a disabled person. I have seen firsthand from my two-decade involvement with Canine Companions for Independence that disabled people are really just differently-abled people. It is the perceptions of others that put limitations on their abilities.

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Meet Otis, The Tri-pawd Boxer Puppy

Sometimes, when you agree to foster an animal, you have a hunch it won’t be hard to find an adopter. And it’s always easier to foster when you know you won’t accidentally end up as a foster failure. I imagine that was how Diana, one of our Territory Outreach Embracers, felt when she was fostering little Otis. A handsome Boxer puppy is sure to have a full dance card. But Otis had a little something extra to get the attention of possible adopters: he is missing a leg.

See, a vet clinic took Otis in from a local family after an incident caused extensive damage to his leg. Not able to afford his surgery and fearing he could be injured again, the family knew the best thing was to surrender him so he could be helped.

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Meet Brutus, the One-Eyed Labrador

Embracer Lindsey shares the story of how her Labrador, Brutus, lost his eye...

Brutus with 2 eyes"It’s not considered too crazy these days to have a majority of the pictures on your phone be of your pet. That’s what I tell myself, anyway. One day, four years ago, while scrolling through the many (many, many) pictures I’d taken of my dog Brutus, I noticed that in every single picture for the past year or so, no matter what the lighting or the angle, his left eye looked…. wonky (example to the right). There’s no better way to describe it. I mentioned it to my vet, who seemed concerned about how much of my life I spent taking pictures of my dog, but slightly less concerned about the wonky-eye-syndrome. She gave me a list of veterinary ophthalmologists (which is apparently a thing) I could go to if I wanted to get it checked out. I didn’t have Embrace at the time (shame on me!), so I just let it go.

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