Podcast: Dr. Mahaney's Tips for All Ages

We Embrace pets of all ages, young and old, and everyone in between. So, we wanted to chat with Dr. Patrick Mahaney about all the things that come with different ages and stages, including health, behavior, exercise and diet. Tune in to our latest podcast to learn more about:

  • When we should consider our pets adults or seniors, and what does that even mean
  • Helping senior pets have a healthy diet
  • How to safely exercise your pets, young and old alike
  • What the routine checkup requirements are for your pets as they age

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Why Is My Pet’s Dental Cleaning so Pricey?

You’ve probably wondered “why is my pet’s dental cleaning so expensive?” But, are they truly expensive when you see what all is involved? There are many ways dental cleaning and teeth extractions for our pets are different than our own trip to the dentists. Let’s talk a little more about what happens during a dental cleaning and then see if it still seems pricey...

The first question I often get is, “why does my dog need to be put under anesthesia to get his teeth cleaned?” Well, one reason is that I have become fond of my fingers over the years! The real reason is that a dog or, god forbid a cat, is not going to allow you to do a thorough cleaning without being knocked out.

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Podcast: Your Intro to Pet Dental Cleanings

Happy Pet Dental Month! It’s not quite as cute and rosy as Valentine’s Day or Groundhog’s Day (though it may be a bit cuddlier than President’s day, depending on which President you’re thinking of), but it’s important and we’re in the mood to discuss all things toothy with Dr. Patrick Mahaney in this month’s podcast.

Get ready to learn:

  • What’s done during a dental cleaning?
  • Are there any side effects from dental cleaning?
  • Does your dog or cat really need a dental cleaning?
  • What’s the deal with anesthesia free dentals?
  • Are there any things we can do to help keep our pet’s teeth healthy between cleanings?

Questions about pet dentals? Ask them in the comments here and our team will get answers for you.

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Smile! It's National Pet Dental Health Month.

DaisyOne of my favorite little ladies is Daisy, a senior Miniature Dachshund. She’s a feisty guard dog (even though her weight is in the single digits), yet she could lead a how-to cuddle class. As a toy breed, it’s no surprised that she’s missing a few teeth at this stage in her life (I know better than to ask a lady her age), which is why she came to mind when I was remembered that it’s National Pet Dental Health Month. Daisy is well cared for and gets a good diet, lost teeth are just part of this tiny package. It’s genetic, along with her good looks, and it’s so cute when her little lip gets caught on one of the few remaining fangs.

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The Allure (and the Reality) of Young Pets

Daily one of my clients asks, “What kind of puppy should I get?" My answer, “Have you ever thought of a 1 to 2 year old dog? They are so much easier.” They’re usually house-broken and you'll know a lot more about the dog’s personality. There are so many dogs and cats that need homes. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get a great pet and a friend for life.

ccBut, lots of people still want a puppy. I must admit, there is nothing cuter than a puppy. They see wonder in everything. They love life. I would love to spend 10 minutes being puppy, just to know what true happiness is. And, with a puppy or kitten, you get the chance to watch them grow and develop, forming a lifelong bond. Which is probably why I didn’t take my own advice and now I find myself raising a puppy. Two months ago we “rescued” C.C. (right), a mini Labradoodle, who was being offered in a live auction at a fundraiser. (You don’t auction off a puppy at a fundraiser! As the auction proceeded I scanned the crowd, of well served possible puppy owners I might add, and came to the conclusion that C.C. had to come home with me and my wife.)

I am reminded of why puppyhood is a trying time! I always say having a puppy is a good primer to see if you want kids. She is cute, but she is testing us. We are trying to follow all the suggestions I give my clients, but if you don’t watch her for a minute she is chewing on one of my wife’s boots (BTW, why does my wife need five pairs of black boots?) or pooping on the rug.

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