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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dr. Lee-Ann DuMars • Dr. Sharon Johnston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 621 W. Fallbrook Ave. • Fresno, CA 93711
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Down:                                                                                                                                                          ph. (559) 436-4444 • fax. (559) 436-4459
                                                                                                                                     The Details: We will have a drawing on                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.petmedcenterfresno.com
                                                                                                                                     October 7, 2006 from the crossword puzzles                                       1.	   _________	your	pet’s	teeth	daily	or	at	least	two
                                                                                                                                     received. The winner will receive a $50 credit.                                  		    or	three	times	a	week	will	help	control	tartar	buildup.                                                                                            A Pet Health Newsletter From Your Veterinarian
                                                                                                                                     To participate just mail in your completed
                                                                                                                                     crossword puzzle. GOOD LUCK!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.	   Healthier,	________	pets,	that’s	the	goal	you	have	in		                                                                                                                                    Summer 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       	    common	with	your	veterinarian.
                                                                                                                                     Your Name: _______________________                                                                                                               September Dental Special                      Bad Breath Is Not Normal
                                                                                                                                     Phone: _________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When	brushing	your	pet’s	teeth	you	need	to	use	a		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            _________	specially	designed	for	animal	use.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BASIC DENTAL – SAVE 10%                       It’s a sign of disease!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Includes oral exam, anesthesia, dental
                                                                                                                                                   Word List:         Discomfort          Tartar
                                                                                                                                                   Bacteria           Gum                 Teeth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      scaling and polishing. Checks for periodon-   Why Does My Pet                                         Pets often go for years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6.	   You	should	never	use	human	_________	on	your	pet		        tal disease, gingivitis and mobile teeth.                                                             with painful gingivitis
                                                                                                                                                   Breath             Happier
                                                                                                                                                                      Heart
                                                                                                                                                                                          Toothbrush
                                                                                                                                                                                          Toothpaste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       	    because	some	of	the	ingredients	can	cause	gastric		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Includes dental home care sample kit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have Bad Breath?                                        or even a severe tooth
                                                                                                                                                   Brushing                                                            	    problems.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After your pet has eaten a meal, plaque begins          root abscess without
                                                                                                                                         Across:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL – SAVE 20%               to accumulate on the teeth after four hours.            noticeable clinical signs
                                                                                                                                             1.	 Bad	______	is	not	normal,	it	is	a	sign	of	disease.                                                                                                                                 This plaque is material consisting of bacte-            to the owner. Dental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Includes basic dental plus full radio-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      graphs of the mouth and an IV package         ria, saliva and food particles. The bacteria            disease puts tremendous




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                                                                                                                                             3.	    Bacteria	excrete	toxic	waste	products	and	enzymes	that		




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    begins excreting toxins and enzymes that                demands on your pet’s organs, weakening
                                                                                                                                              	     break	down	________	tissue.                                                                                                       (catheter and fluids). This has become
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    break down the gum tissue. As a result of               the liver, kidneys and heart. This additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the standard of care to find hidden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stress can lessen your pet’s quality of life
                                                                                 LUCKY FOR MAGGIE – SHE HAS A GREAT                          4.	
                                                                                                                                              	
                                                                                                                                                    Plaque,	consisting	of	__________	combined	with	saliva		
                                                                                                                                                    and	food	particles,	accumulates	on	your	pet’s	teeth	after		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      problems not seen on a normal exam.           this bacterial infection, the gumline becomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    inflamed and you will notice a very foul-               and may shorten life expectancy. With
                                                                               TEAM OF CARING AND LOVING PROFESSIONALS                        	     eating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 +
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL SAVE 30%                 smelling odor from your pet’s mouth.                    proper treatment and management, this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            disease can be controlled or prevented.
                                                                                                                                             7.	    Neglecting	a	pet’s	dental	care	can	cause	your	pet		   	                                                                           Includes comprehensive dental package
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Over time if plaque is allowed to remain on
                                                                                                                                              	     significant		__________	and	potentially	jeopardize	your		                                                                         above plus OroVet Seal Kit and JR Well-
                                                                                                                                              	     pet’s	health.                                                                                                                                                                   your pet’s teeth, it mineralizes into brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ness blood profile and IV package to help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tartar that you can see. This tartar contributes
                                                                                                                                             8.	    Special	veterinary	equipment	is	used	to	remove	_______.		                                                                         regulate your pet’s blood pressure and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to abscessed teeth, which must be
                                                                               When your best friend makes bad choices                        	     Normally,	it	is	necessary	to	anesthetize	the	pet	using	the		                                                                      flush anesthesia from your pet’s system.      extracted. Other serious medical problems
                                                                                                                                              	     protocol	appropriate	to	your	pet’s	age	and	health.

                                                                          Central California Veterinary Specialty Center                     9.	
                                                                                                                                              	
                                                                                                                                                    There	are	significant	dangers	of	plaque	buildup	which	can		
                                                                                                                                                    lead	to	increase	levels	of	bacteria	which	may	spread		 	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Severe tartar formation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bleeding and infection
                                                                                                                                              	     throughout	the	body,	weakening,	the	liver,	kidney	and			
                                                                              has the latest in technology and professional                   	     _________	.

                                                                                                                                             10.	 The	most	neglected	part	of	pet	care	is	paying	proper		 	                                                                                                                                                                                  Warning Signs
                                                                          emergency care to help your pet through those                       	 attention	to	a	pet’s	________	and	gums.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of Dental Disease
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You may not be aware that your pet may
                                                                                           bumps in the road.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               be suffering with dental disease. Bad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            breath and drooling are the most frequent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            signs of dental disease. Others may act
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            depressed. Some pets may show severe or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sharp pain while eating. Diseased gums
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            are thickened, reddened and bleed easily.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    may develop from the buildup of bacteria,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      r Is...
The Central California Veterinary Specialty Center is the                                                                                                                                                                                                                               And the Winne                               which can be carried throughout your pet’s
                                                                                      6606 N Blackstone Ave.                                                                                                                                                                                           s to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    systems. Plaque and tartar accumulation                 Look for these signs of dental disease:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Congratulation
emergency referral service for Pet Medical Center and Spa.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    can also lead to periodontal disease.
CCVSC provides inpatient and outpatient care for all emergency
or critical care cases. Hospital Director is Roger Gfeller, DVM,
                                                                                         (559) 451-0800                                                                                                                                                                                 “Kimba” and                                                                                            - Bad breath
Diplomate American College of Emergency and Critical Care.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              owner Ember                                 Why is Dental Care                                         - Yellow or brown discolored teeth
                                                                                   Located on the east side of Blackstone in                                                                                                                                                             Murphy, the                                                                                           - Red inflamed gums / loose teeth
CCVSC is opened 365 days a year for your pets during hours when
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         winner of                                  So Important?                                              - Reluctance to play or chew toys
                                                                                    between Sierra Ave. and Herndon Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                             ph. (559) 436-4444
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         our spring
your regular veterinarian is not available. Both referrals and walk-ins
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Fresno, CA 93711                                                                                                                      Dental disease is the most common illness                  - Swelling around muzzle or jaw
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are welcomed. If possible, please call us in advance of your arrival to
advise us of the nature of the emergency. We will be happy to provide
                                                                                            next to Frazee Paints.                 SAN DIEGO,CA                                             621 W. Fallbrook Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         newsletter cros                            encountered in veterinary medicine today,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               - Dropping food
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          puzzle contest
                                                                                                                                        PAID                                                 Dr. Sharon Johnston                                                                                                                    affecting 9 out of 10 pets. Unfortunately
you with advice on the proper transport of your pet to our facility.                                                               U.S. POSTAGE
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                                                                                                                                                                                             Dr. Lee-Ann DuMars                                                                                                                     it is also the most under-treated disease.
Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth                  Why Professional Dental Cleaning
                                           Needs To Be Performed Under Anesthesia
                                                                                                                            Rehab Round-up “MacKenzie’s Moment” -
                                                                                                                            by Kathleen Curtis, B.Sc.P.T., Ph.D. - Canine Rehabilitation Consultant


                                           A veterinary dental exam and                 performed                           MacKenzie, an active 3-year old black
                                           cleaning differs significantly               only if                             lab, looked out from her spot in the         This time, they were taking no chances.
                                                                                        the pet is                          hospital kennel in late February and         MacKenzie was going to stay at Pet
                                           from dental brushing of-                     anesthe-                            barked excitedly as she saw her own-         Medical Center for her recuperation
                                           fered by a groomer or home                   tized.                              ers approaching. She had already been        and rehabilitation. She soon became
                                           dental care program. It is a                                                     at Pet Medical Center for a few weeks        a part of the busy medical center,
                                           multi-step process which, to                                                     and was used to the daily routine. Her       greeting staff and other patients en-
                                                                                    4. Loose,                               owner took her for a quick stop out-         thusiastically from her quarters in the       when she heard the news. She would
                                           be accomplished properly and                infected or                          side and then paused to talk with me         surgical recovery center. Although the        be on television, walking in the tread-
  Brushing
  your pet’s
                                           thoroughly, must be performed
                                           while your pet is under anes-
                                                                                       damaged teeth, and oral cavity
                                                                                       growths, are removed. This can
                                                                                       only be performed while the pet
                                                                                                                            about MacKenzie’s progress in rehab.         location offered her some solace and
                                                                                                                                                                         quiet time, MacKenzie rarely felt like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       mill and then receiving a massage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sunday
  teeth is easy,                           thesia.                                                                          She related the history…. This had           relaxing. She anxiously awaited the           The next day, the television camera crew
  and once familiar with the activity,
                                           Six steps are performed with every
                                                                                       is anesthetized.
                                                                                                                            been a rough few months for “Kenzie.”
                                                                                                                            It started in November with walking
                                                                                                                                                                         start of each day and actively watched
                                                                                                                                                                         all the movement around her, adding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       set up for the shot. MacKenzie had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       just finished her morning session. It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           October 1st
  he will look forward to it.              dental procedure at our hospital,
                                                                                    5. Polishing teeth is more than a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       was a perfect time. She lay down on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           11am - 4pm
                                                                                       desirable cosmetic procedure.        problems she noticed in her left rear        her commentary spontaneously to ac-
                                           with the pet anesthetized:                                                       limb, attributed to a subluxing patella.     company the ongoing clinic activities.        carpet, stretched out and smiled, while
                                                                                       Teeth cleaned with high speed
  For the first few days, simply                                                                                            Although MacKenzie didn’t know what                                                        I began a slow massage over one of her




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pet Fair &
                                                                                       dental instruments or sharp
                                           1. The veterinarian performs a                                                   was wrong, she just knew that it hurt        MacKenzie started her rehabilitation a        incision sites. If she could have ordered
  hold your pet as you normally                                                        hand tools cause abrasions on
                                              thorough oral (mouth) exam.                                                   to stand, walk and run on her left leg.      few days after her surgery and received       the seaweed wrap or aromatherapy, she
                                                                                       the tooth surface, which can ac-
  do when petting him. For a                  To accurately identify and
                                                                                       tually accelerate the accumula-      Help arrived shortly, however. MacK-         treatment daily, doing exercises, stretch-    would have. For the first time, while the
                                              evaluate diseased teeth and
  minute or two, gently stroke                determine proper treatment,
                                                                                       tion of tartar. Polishing retards    enzie was seen at our office by Dr. Peter    ing, walking on the underwater treadmill      cameras rolled, she took a deep breath




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Open House
                                                                                       tartar accumulation by creating      Walsh, board-certified                                                                     and relaxed…a very unMacKenzie-like
  the outside of his cheecks with
                                                                                                            a smooth,       veterinary surgeon,                                                                        moment! The footage made it into the
  your finger and praise him.                                                                               clean surface   who quickly diag-                                                                          story and aired that night. MacKenzie
                                                                                                            and also        nosed MacKenzie’s                                                                          was a charmer and we were all charmed.
  As your pet becomes more                                                                                  leaves the      problem and planned
                                                                                                            teeth “bright   surgery for a few                                                                          A month later, she was overjoyed to
  comfortable with this activity,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           !
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               g You r Pet
                                                                                                            and white.”     days after Thanksgiv-                                                                      finally go home… Of course, she’s
  place a small amount of dentifrice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         B r in
                                                                                                                            ing. The approach                                                                          been back to visit. The last time I
  (veterinary toothpaste) on your              it is necessary to probe hard to                              6. The last    involved making a larger groove for
                                                                                                                                                                         and practicing moving from sitting to         saw her, she was wagging, wiggling,                                                                              Mar vel at the
                                               reach difficult areas with sharp         step involves application of a                                                   standing. She had always loved water
  fingers and let him sample the flavor.       tools. This procedure is difficult       fluoride treatment to the teeth
                                                                                                                            the kneecap on the femur, the long
                                                                                                                                                                         and took special pleasure in soaking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       walking, jumping and just being….                                                                                worlds biggest flea
                                                                                                                            thigh bone, which would prevent                                                            herself! I’m glad we could help her


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              G I VEAWAY S!
  Soon, he will consider it a treat.           and very limited to perform              to make them stronger and a
                                                                                                                            future problems. When MacKenzie
                                                                                                                                                                         the canine rehab staff by splashing with      return to her wonderful black lab life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pet Fashion Show hosted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         FREE
                                               while the pet is conscious.              barrier sealant to limit tartar                                                  her front paws in the treadmill. It was
                                                                                                                            woke up after her November surgery,
                                                                                        and plaque buildup.                                                              hard to stay dry when MacKenzie was
  Next, introduce your pet to an           2. Dental buildup is quickly
                                                                                                                            she was raring to go. She went home
                                                                                                                                                                         around. Her injured knee felt a bit swol-     Pet Medical Rehab Center & Spa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        by Mike Scott of Ch 47.
                                                                                                                            and recovered nicely for two months.
  animal toothbrush or fingerbrush.           removed with high-speed dental                                                                                             len and stiff at first but soon loosened up                                                                                                                    Dress up your pet!
                                              instruments on the inside and         As you can see from the foregoing,                                                   with her rehab routine. She made good             Pet Medical Center and Spa is leading
  Gently raise his upper lip and                                                    only 20% of the procedures neces-       Her owner continued the story while
  place the brush against an upper
                                              outside of all teeth. Sharp hand
                                                                                    sary for a thorough dental treatment    MacKenzie listened, “Then we were
                                                                                                                                                                         progress and everyone praised her for her         Central California in offering compre-                                                                       Live remote with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           i q ue –
                                              tools can be used only on the                                                                                              great work. And sometimes, when she

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pet B ou tretail a re a
                                                                                                                            outside with her at the end of January.                                                        hensive canine rehabilitation services
  tooth and adjoining gumline.                outside surfaces of “anesthetic       can be performed without anesthe-
                                                                                    tizing the pet.                         Kenzie was outside playing with our
                                                                                                                                                                         was really good, she received treats too.                                                                                                                      Jack FM with prize
                                              free” patients, which takes                                                                                                                                                  for pets recovering from surgery, injury,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        d       e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 an expand                              giveaways!
                                              much longer.                                                                  other dogs and we were watching her. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           illness and deconditioning to improve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 niq ue pet
  Gradually increase the number                                                                                                                                          About the time that MacKenzie was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 o ffer ing u
                                                                                    Other problems associated with          heard her yelp, I turned around and she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mobility, manage pain, improve strength                                                            ase
                                                                                                                                                                         feeling comfortable with her daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 e m s . P le
  of teeth you brush each day,                                                      dental cleaning without anesthesia      was limping again.” Shortly afterwards,
                                           3. Root planing removes dental                                                                                                activities, Zara Arboleda, anchor of              and restore function. Services include                                 rela ted it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pet agility demos, pet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sp a ce f o r
                                              buildup and pockets of infec-         include use of restraints on the pet    the verdict was in; MacKenzie, in an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   check t his
  but go slowly and not beyond                                                                                                                                           the KGPE CBS News47 Team called
                                                                                    in order to perform the procedures,     instant, had fractured her tibia, possi-                                                       four levels of care, including weight loss,                                                                  tricks, hospital tours,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     g ift f o r
                                              tion under the gums—the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   t h a t ne x t
  your pet’s comfort level. Build                                                   mental/behavioral damage to the                                                      and explained that she was doing a
                                              leading causes of gum reces-                                                  bly by the stress of being jumped on by                                                        wellness and conditioning, a comprehen-                                                                 r.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  o r pet love          food vendors and much,
                                                                                    pet from experiencing the whole                                                      story on special services for dogs. Zara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    y o u r p et
  up to approximately 30 seconds              sion, tooth loss, organ disease                                               one of her too active canine playmates.
                                                                                                                                                                         interviewed Dr. DuMars about doggy                sive arthritis care program and intensive,
                                                                                    procedure and the necessity of more
  of brushing per side.                       from shedding bacteria. This is
                                              the most important part of a          frequent dental cleanings each year
                                                                                                                            It was a spiral fracture, requiring inter-
                                                                                                                            nal fixation to be stabilized. So, for the
                                                                                                                                                                         day care services and sought out a dog            individualized rehabilitation services.                                                                      much more!
                                              dental procedure and can be           due to inadequate cleaning.                                                          that could be highlighted in the fea-
                                                                                                                            second time in several months, MacK-
                                                                                                                            enzie again had surgery on the same leg.
                                                                                                                                                                         ture story. MacKenzie seemed to beam                                                                        “It’s the pet event of the year” – Scott O’Brien, Dog-About Town

				
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