Putting the teeth into dental care

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Pinky, a cute four-year-old lab mix, is full of energy and loves to play. She loves water, treats and walks. Pinky would like a fun home where she is appreciated for her zest for life. Come take her for a walk; it will make you smile!

Watson here, and I want you to know that my mom takes dental care very seriously. It wasn’t always the case, but when I had gingivitis, she made sure my teeth were cleaned by our vet. Now I brush my teeth almost every day.

Teeth are important because they allow good chewing and ultimately good digestion. If your pet has broken teeth, bleeding gums, or bad breath, you can bet it’s affecting the well-being of their entire system.

Dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, is common in dogs. By the age of three, over 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease. It starts with plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque contains food particles and bacteria. If left on the teeth, it hardens into tartar. Above the gum line, tartar is visible and easily removed by a veterinarian.

Tartar under the gumline is the real problem. It causes inflammation and damages the structures supporting the teeth. Infection and serious dental problems are the result.

Home care to prevent tartar buildup includes brushing your teeth a few days a week, dog dental treats, and dog dental toys.

Taking the extra time to care for your best friend’s teeth can prevent tooth loss, bad breath, mouth pain, organ damage, and worsening dental disease. My mother brushes my teeth with a cotton ball that she sprinkles with hydrogen peroxide and then adds dog toothpaste. She rubs it on my gums and my teeth. Peasy easy!

XOXO

Watson

CORRECTION

In the recent pet insurance article, I referenced the pet insurance comparison chart found in Canine Journal. The website should be https://www.caninejournal.com/pet-insurance-comparison/

LOOKING FOR A HOUSE

We have adorable puppies and kittens to adopt! Call 775-423-7500 for details.
However, the policy prohibits the adoption of puppies or kittens under the age of six months from a home with children under the age of 5. This is to protect both the children and the animal.

NEEDS
CAPS Executive Director. We are looking for someone with office skills and experience handling animals. Call 775-423-7500 for details.
Kennel worker. We are looking for someone who loves animals and can handle kennel duties. Call 775-423-7500.
Aluminum cans. If you have cans to pick up, call us (775-423-7500) and we’ll pick them up. You can also drop them off at CAPS.
People who need help to sterilize their dog or cat. Due to the increase in veterinary costs, we have adjusted our coinsurance rate. Details of the SNAPS program are below.
IAMS puppy food.
CRY AT
Kim Kooltreat for the can truck. A four-legged tribute to you!

COME SEE US

CAPS is now open. We suggest appointments for adoptions, SNAPS and pantry. We are now accepting volunteers. Call 775-423-7500.

DO NOT FORGET
February Holiday: Pet Dental Health Month
Due to rising costs for shelters and veterinary care, we have adjusted our adoption fees. Dog adoptions cost $100. Cat adoptions are $60. All adoptees are healthy, sterilized and have all necessary vaccinations.
SNAPS is a program offered to residents of Churchill County through CAPS that offers low cost spaying/neutering for cats and dogs. To qualify for SNAPS, you must have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in the NV Control Program, food stamps, a 2020 tax return showing income is less than $30,000, or an ID card. veterans disability including photo ID. Churchill County ID and copayment are also required. For more information, call CAPS at 423-7500.
The mailing address for CAPS is PO Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. The phone number for CAPS is 775-423-7500. The CAPS email address is caps@cccomm.net. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we’re friendly.
CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me at jkwmil@outlook.com.

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