Does Your Pet Have Bad Breath?

Bad breath isn’t just unpleasant – it can be unhealthy. Up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats that do not receive proper dental may show signs of dental disease by the age of 3.What is dental disease?

Dental disease is a result of bacterial infection of the structures that support the teeth. While this is going on, your pet is fighting a constant battle with bacteria in the mouth. Plaque builds up on your pet’s teeth. Bacteria in the plaque leads to gum inflammation. The inflamed gums allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, bacteria travel throughout the body where they can negatively impact vital organs like the heart, liver and kidneys.

10 Warning Signs of Dental Disease in Pets include

  1. Bad breath
  2. Plaque or tartar buildup (yellow or brown crust on teeth)
  3. Red, bleeding, and/or swollen gums
  4. Fractured and/or loose teeth
  5. Excessive drooling
  6. Pawing at face
  7. Difficulty chewing/trouble eating
  8. Loss of appetite
  9. Mouth is sensitive to touch
  10. Lost interest in chew toys and/or treats


If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, your pet may be suffering from dental disease and its time for a dental exam.

A thorough dental cleaning includes removal of plaque and tartar and allows an examination of all teeth and surrounding tissue.  We use general anesthesia to keep your pet free of discomfort.

Regular teeth brushing is the best home care.  Dental diets such as Hills T/D (tooth diet) or Royal Canin dental diet can be great alternatives if you are unable to brush.  Ask us about home dental options that fit your lifestyle.

Good dental care can help your pet live up to 20% longer!  Talk to one of our team members about dental care today.  Please call 204-269-8162


10% off dental cleanings, dental pet foods and dental home care products.

Written by Centennial Animal Hospital 

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication in Dogs

Does your dog like to play in the water? Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, so look out for water intoxication!Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love to play in the water. Water games that involve retrieving items or diving into pools to catch toys can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses.Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium. The body's cells begin to fill with water and swell. If the cells in the brain swell, it can affect the central nervous system which can be fatal.Symptoms include:loss of coordination lethargy bloating vomiting glazed eyes excessive salivation difficulty breathing seizures comaWater intoxication progresses quickly so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately to save your dog's life.Treatment of water intoxication typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover, but sadly, many do not.It's important to closely watch dogs that are very active in water and ensure they take regular breaks in between playing. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough. If your dog empties their water bowl after playing hard or exercise, ensure they are rested before refilling the bowl.Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication to keep your furry family member safe!If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 204-269-8162 or by email at info@centennialanimalhospital.com.Written by Centennial Animal Hospital

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