Pet Columns

[Trooper the dog was born with a palatal defect]

Cleft Palate Afflicts Pets Too

Jul 26, 2017 / Dentistry / Cats / Dogs

Normal Life Possible for Dogs with Palatal Defect “Every 3 minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate” begins the heartrending appeal for donations to ensure that these children have access to the relatively inexpensive and highly successful surgical repair that will restore their smile. Dogs can also be born with...

[a youngopossum shows its teeth]

The Wild Side of Dental Health Month

Feb 15, 2016 / Dentistry / Wildlife

Dental problems can be fatal in wildlife February is National Pet Dental Health Month. For our pets, regular veterinary visits will address any dental problems, and rarely would these problems be life-threatening. But what about wild species? As Dr. Nichole Rosenhagen explains, dental problems that impair an animal’s ability to eat can be fatal in...

[brushing for pet dental health]

Nothing Beats Brushing for Pet’s Dental Health

Feb 1, 2016 / Dentistry / Cats / Dogs

February is National Pet Dental Health month Do you make brushing your teeth part of your daily routine? Can you imagine going to your annual visit to the dentist having done nothing to care for your teeth in the year since your last professional cleaning? Dr. Katherine Kling, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois...

[Veterinarian in dentistry suite at teaching hospital]

Address Pet Dental Needs Early and Routinely

Apr 6, 2015 / Dentistry / Cats / Dogs

Dr. Kling recommends that owners brush their pet’s teeth Dental care is as important for the overall health of pets as it is for people. Dr. Katherine Kling, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says periodontal disease, which refers to the breakdown of the support structures around the tooth,...