This Month We're Focused on Pet Poison Prevention

Inara -Pitbull MixIt’s been just about 2 years since one of our longtime Embraced pets had a poisoning scare. Inara *right) was eating a raw venison diet that should have helped keep her fit, but accidentally swallowed a piece of the bullet, causing lead toxicity. 

Inara’s claim, while unique, is not surprising. You see, most of the claims we get for poisoning are from well-informed pet parents whose pets get into trouble in ways that few of us ever could have predicted. Why would a dog chew open a prescription bottle to get at his pet parent’s pills? Why would a cat eat a third of a birthday cake left to cool? These things happen, so let’s talk about them. All month long we’re going to take a look at pet poisoning, what you can do to prevent it, and what to do in case of an emergency.

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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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