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My Pet’s Smelly Breath

I admit it – I get doggy kisses, and I believe a lot of you do too. What we don’t want are ones that are smelly.

There can be several reasons for your pet’s to have stinky breath and the first thing to do would be to find out why. It is an excellent idea to consider looking into your pet’s mouth and check things out.

Check out the teeth. What you want to look at first are the teeth. You are looking to see what colour the teeth are – white, yellow, stained brown. If you routinely brush your pets’ teeth, they should be closer to white. You want to check to see if any teeth are wiggly – this is uncomfortable and should be addressed at the vet clinic. They often need to be removed. Look to see if there seems to be any build up on the teeth. This is likely plaque and tartar buildup. As pets age, or even due to crowding or other jaw issues and us not brushing as frequently as we could there will be a build-up of plaque and tartar. This is an issue that should again be addressed at the vet clinic and may need further work up to take care of.

Have a good look at your pets’ gums while you are in there. If they appear to be red, sore or sometimes bleeding, this is a problem. It often goes hand-in-hand with dental disease.

And finally look around for anything that doesn’t seem right.  There are growths and other odd things that could be in there causing problems.  Most pets are more likely to let you have a good check around, and this is an important thing to do to help with your pets’ health.  All these things can affect the smell in the mouth and help to keep all the kisses “fresh.”

Written by Manitou Animal Hospital

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Manitou Animal Hospital Team