In brief, you should know the following about us: our practice was established in 1975 and has been providing quality veterinary medical care to the midcoast ever since. Our regular clients particularly value our walk in hours. Our practice is located at 161 Gardiner Rd. in Wiscasset and 285 Wiscasset Rd. in Boothbay. You can reach us at 882-9458 (Coastal) or 633-3447 (Boothbay)and by fax at 882-7566 (Coastal) or 633-3697 (Boothbay.) You can also reach us by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us on Facebook
Dental Health Doesn't End In September
Although September was officially Dental Health Month, we encourage you to come in to have your pets' dental work done year round. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, up to 80% of pets over the age of 5 have dental disease. If we have mentioned that your pet needs a dental cleaning or other dental work, now is the time.
Plaque and tartar not only cause bad breath but lead to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums.) This in turn can lead to periodontal disease (problems with the tissue that holds teeth in place) which is painful and leads to tooth loss. If your pet is showing any signs of dental disease, such as bad breath, a change in appetite, loss of interest in chew toys or hard food, bleeding gums or rubbing at the face, chances are he needs a thorough dental check-up. If you bring your pet in, one of our trained technicians can look at your pets' mouth and let you know if you should schedule dental work. While your pet is here for a dental cleaning, we will do a thorough exam of the mouth, including full dental xrays which often show us lesions we cannot see above the gumline.
This is the mouth of a 9 year old dog. This is typical of the amount of disease a dog can develop by this age. The yellow/brown material is tartar, the green material near the gums is pus due to infection. Notice how red the gumline is? This is a painful mouth. The middle teeth have exposed roots and will need to be removed to prevent further periodontal disease.
Wondering how much a dental procedure really can help? Here are before and after pictures of a dog who had a dental cleaning done recently.
Even though the teeth now look nice and clean, there could be more disease below the gumline, this is why we take full mouth digital xrays like this one which shows loss of bone below the front teeth
...and this one which shows broken teeth still present and causing pain in this cat. Only the second tooth could be seen without xrays.
This is what the mouth of a dog of similar size should look like. Note the pink gums, lack of tartar and no visible roots.
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LYME TREATMENT UPDATE: When we test your dog for Lyme disease, we are testing for the presence of the organism that causes Lyme disease. A positive test means your dog carries the Borrelia borgdorferi bacteria that can cause the disease. The most effective way to treat this infection is with an antibiotic called Doxycycline. While we can still treat your dog with this medication, the cost has increased by 600% (we are at the mercy of the pharmaceutical companies.) If your dog tests positive for Lyme disease, we can either treat with an alternate antibiotic, which may not be as effective or use the doxycycline which could cost hundreds of dollars. The best way to avoid this problem is to VACCINATE your dog against Lyme disease. In our practice over the last 7 years, 17% of unvaccinated dogs test positive for Lyme every year while only 1% of vaccinated dogs test positive. If your dog has not been tested or vaccinated, please come in and have it done. With Lyme disease, PREVENTION is better than TREATMENT, especially now.