Author: Lex McKenna

What is it? How does my dog —or cat get it? How do you treat it?

You can go to your local dog park or well-intentioned neighbor and get loads of advice: coconut oil! Garlic! Tea tree oil!! In a word: NO! Those either don’t work; or worse yet are very toxic to your pet… so please don’t!!! Although many folks try changing diets to see if that works; oftentimes that either isn’t the underlying cause (that is a whole other topic) or it can cause some gastric upset if the change is too sudden. Continue Reading..

As our pets age, they often loose muscle tone. Sometimes its due to some musculoskeletal pain…has your vet recommended throw rugs for your pet to get around on the slippery floor? Here is another option that helps our pets get around more and in the end, increase their quality of life.  Continue Reading..

Watch a demonstration on how to brush your dog or cat’s teeth with Dr. Coffman at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists. Continue Reading..

One of my mentors and a brilliant human being gives an eloquent TED talk about acupuncture for pets… Continue Reading..

Question: Why must my pet undergo anesthesia for a dental cleaning? Can’t the groomer just scrape the tartar off of his teeth?

Tartar is made of bacteria and when it is removed from the surface of the teeth we worry that small  pieces could be inhaled by the patient causing a lung infection. For this reason, “Non-anesthetic” cleaning is NEVER recommended. Anesthesia allows us to place an endotracheal tube in the windpipe to prevent infection of the lungs. Secondly, the most important part of the cleaning is the removal of plaque and tartar under the gumline. This is just not possible in an awake pet. And lastly, the teeth are not polished, which will leave the cleaned surface rough and actually increase the adherence of plaque to the teeth. Continue Reading..

Dental disease can affect our dogs and cats at any stage of life, but it is most common as our pets enter middle age. Studies at the Veterinary Colleges of Ohio State and Cornell University have found that 85% of dogs and cats over 6 years old have some form of dental disease. Continue Reading..

Hello, Santa Barbara!

This is our first post on our new website and we thought we’d take the time to let you know how different Therapeutic Laser treatments work. Read on and learn about this amazing 21st Century technology and ensure you’re up to date on the best veterinary care for your animals! Continue Reading..


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