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February is Dental Month
February marks National Dental Month for humans and animals alike. It’s this time of year that you are bombarded with toothpaste commercials, whiting claims, and oral health and its finest. We are going to do the same.
Humans have 32 adult teeth, cats have 30 adult teeth and dogs have a whopping 42 adult teeth in their mouths. Sadly, by the age of 2 years over 75% of pets have some form of dental disease. If left to progress, dental disease can cause severe infection and abscesses, difficult eating due to a painful mouth, tooth loss, and bone loss to the jaw. The infection from the calculus (the hard built-up tartar on the teeth; usually with a greenish-gray color) is swallowed every time an animal eats, drinks, or chews. These bacteria can then be transferred into the blood stream to cause serious effects on the heart or swallowed into the stomach and intestines. Over 70% of a body’s immunity comes from the intestines, healthy intestines helps create healthy animals. When the body is constantly fighting off bacteria it can weaken the protective barrier of the intestines by causing inflammation and irritation therefore letting infections take root.
A Grateful Gift…
This week in January marks the very first annual Veterinary Staff Appreciation Week! This acknowledgment is such a wonderful thing for a dedicated extended family. Where would we be without them? I shudder to think about it. Veterinary staff includes the patient and caring receptionists, the loving and efficient assistants, the oft over-looked but hard working kennel staff, and the behind the scenes crews that make sure all medications and diets are in stock, paperwork is up to date, and social media is making an impact outside the walls.
We are incredibly blessed to have staff that have contributed to this veterinary family for over 25 years as well as staff that have jumped right into our family in the past year. Several of the staff have grown up with the clients, laughed and cried with them as babies came, spouses passed, family moved, and pets aged. Our clients really have become like family to us because of our staff, it is an incredible to gift to be invited into and included in so many families. But, really, it is just a testament to the amazing ladies that come to care here (it’s not work for them) every day.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
As the year comes to a close and a new one beckons before us we sit back and reflect on what was and what may be yet to come.
It has been a good year for us. We made many new friends and have been able to bring in new and innovative treatment options for our beloved furry family members. We’ve welcomed new team members while having to say goodbye to loved family. We’ve seen miles and piles of snow, lakes of water, and windblown yards. We’ve been fortunate to save lives, bring in new lives, and make lives better.
While we reminisce about all we’ve seen and gone through we are optimistic about what the New Year may have in store for us. We look forward to growing and adding more staff to serve you and wondering if we will say goodbye to others. We are hopeful that we will have the opportunity to continue to offer the best and most progressive care to our valued patients by learning about the newest techniques or treatments available. We look forward to meeting new critters and the people who love them while enjoying time catching up with those we’ve watched grow through the years.
Any way you look at it we have been blessed, we don’t know what’s coming but we do know that there will be triumphs along with some missteps too and, thankfully, we will be surrounded by our family and friends through it all. Gratitude. It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness. Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!
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