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- Daily Drink & Food Specials - Sunday Brunch - Live Music Thursdays & Saturdays - Banquet room for parties & events - Full Catering Services OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11:00AM-10:00PM Say Cheese! Say 753-4935 1770 Mountain City Hwy Elko NV 623-2006 1985 W. Winnemucca Blvd Winnemucca NV Can you imagine how you would look or feel after days, months or even years of not brushing your teeth? Horrible... Right!! You would not think twice about going to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned, so what about your pet? Many of us are unaware that our pets can develop or may even have dental disease going on in their mouth. In our pets, dental or periodontal disease is a very real problem. Periodontal disease is the destruction of bone, gum tissue and the ligamentous tissue holding the teeth in place. It cannot be ignored just because it is not our own mouth. Our pets depend on us to take care of them and we cannot overlook the mouth.

Cheese! Say Cheese! Say Cheese! Contributed by Courtney Yates, Veterinary Assistant Periodontal disease is also 100% preventable. Lift your dog’s lip and look at his/her teeth. If your pet has “bad breath” it is not a normal thing. Brushing your pet’s teeth even a few times a week can drastically help to slow down this disease process. Also, getting your pet a professional dental cleaning every 6-12 months, depending on the individual animal will help tremendously. Not only does it smell but periodontal disease is extremely painful. Watch for signs of trouble eating, weight loss and bad breath. If not addressed periodontal disease can cause other health issues including heart and/or kidney issues. Our large animals especially horses can have dental issues that need to be addressed as well. In horses dental work is called floating the teeth. This means that the teeth are smoothed and any sharp points or problem areas are fixed. Unlike our dogs and cats teeth, horse’s teeth keep growing throughout their lifetime. This means that they can develop sharp edges that make it difficult to chew food, hold a bit and can cause pain and discomfort inside the mouth. Senior horses can also have trouble maintaining their weight when their teeth are overgrown. As you can imagine it is not realistic to expect a dog, cat or horse to sit through an exam, dental scaling and cleaning below the gum line as well as radiographs without anesthesia. Under anesthesia we are able clean beneath the gum line where the bacteria that causes periodontal disease resides. A professional dental cleaning at Elko Veterinary Clinic starts with a physical exam and initial awake oral exam by one of our doctors. If the patient is found to be outwardly healthy we evaluate pre-anesthetic blood work to be sure that the pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Pets are then fully anesthetized and put on IV fluids and several anesthetic monitors. www.EverythingElko.com \ February 2018 69

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