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Four Paws Animal Clinic
521A Searls Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959
Dr. Susan Murphy
February is Doggie Dental Month
$199 Dental Special
Includes Physical exam, IV Catheter, IV fluids, Anesthesia, Complete Dental Exam, Ultrasonic scaling, Polishing and day care
(extractions and medications, if needed, will incur additional charges)
Dental disease is the most commonly diagnosed disease in dogs.
Tips to deterimine if your pet needs dental care
How can I tell if my pet has dental problem?
Bad breath is often a first indicator of dental disease. Gently lift the lips and check for tartar, inflamed gums, or missing/broken teeth. Cats may exhibit increased drooling. Both cats and dogs can exhibit reluctance to eat or play with toys, "chattering" of the teeth when trying to eat, lethargy, bleeding gums, eroded teeth, and failing to groom (cats). Dental disease progresses in stages -- if caught early, you can prevent further damage and save as many teeth as possible.
How is the rest of the body affected by bad teeth?
Infected gums and teeth aren't just a problem in the mouth -- the heart, kidneys, intestinal tract, and joints may also be infected. The tartar and any infected areas of the mouth contain a multitude of bacteria than can 'seed' to other parts of the body. With regular dental care, you can prevent some of these more serious side effects.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF DENTAL DISEASE IN DOGS
- Foul breath
- Change in eating habits
- Painful mouth - may growl or snarl if mouth or head is touched
- Excessive drooling
- Not wanting to chew on toys
- Dropping food out of mouth when eating
- Rubbing face on ground or pawing at face
- Weight loss
TREATMENT & MANAGEMENT OF DENTAL DISEASE IN DOGS
The goal of dental cleaning is to remove the tartar and plaque from the tooth surface using ultrasonic scaling and polishing tools. This will require general anesthesia and can be done as an outpatient visit. If any teeth need to be extracted, this can also be done at the same time as the cleaning, and will usually require a course of oral antibiotics following the procedure.
Call us any time in February to schedule!
Our Resolution for this year and always
Our Resolution is to always do our best to provide excellence in wellness, illness and surgical care for patients; to build close, positive relationships with clients, and to provide education and empowerment to clients and staff in a calm, comfortable, healing environment.
Dr. Susan Murphy and Jenna
Four Paws Animal Clinic is a full-service animal hospital whose mission is to provide compassionate care and support for all our 4 and 2 legged friends. We provide complete medical, dental, surgical and imaging services, including ultrasound as well as deluxe cat boarding. Our staff is extremely well trained and are passionate about veterinary medicine , having worked with Dr. Murphy at Best Friends for many years. She calls them the "Dream Team".
At Four Paws Animal Clinic, you will walk into a calm, welcoming, and friendly environment every visit, so that the experience is as comfortable as possible for you and your pet. We strive to provide professional, affordable, and advanced veterinary services, including, but not limited to newer alternative therapies such as cold laser and stem cell therapy using your pets own stem cells found in their fat cells. click here to read about this new and exciting treatment for your pets arthritis .
We also have an in-house pharmacy, dental care products, carry some premium foods and have access to specialists, making our veterinary facility a one stop shop for your pet's health and medical needs. Please browse around our new website to learn about our facility and to read interesting pet articles. Click on the "email us" link below to ask us a question or to submit feedback. For directions to our office see our contact us page. To receive free monthly veterinary care articles, please subscribe to our newsletter.
Remember, at Four Paws Animal Clinic, your pets are our family!
Dr. Susan Murphy
Nevada City Veterinarian | Four Paws Animal Clinic | 530-265-3722
521A Searls Ave.
Nevada City, CA 95959
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Dear Dr. Murphy,
Thank you so very much for your brilliant diagnoses of my endocrine issues this past year.
I am now a happy, active boy; getting more stamina by the day. The bounce is back in my step. Thank you!
Love, Harvard Nevada City