The Many Faces of Mental Illness in Pets

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 adults live with a mental illness (44.7 million in 2016). To be sure, many people struggle with some form of mental illness or know someone who has. But do our pets suffer from the same types of conditions?

Whether or not mental illness affects animals is hard to pinpoint. After all, we can’t ask our pets how they’re feeling. However, there are certain behavior patterns that lead veterinarians to diagnose mental illness in pets. In some cases, they may even prescribe medication to alleviate certain symptoms.

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The Connection Between Pet Dental Health & Whole Body Wellness

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Raising awareness of this essential component of pet care is vitally important, and helps establish healthy habits year-round. To that end, Schertz Animal Hospital deducts 20% off dental cleanings in February and March. Even though many pet owners are on board to protect their pet from the dangers of gum disease, questions remain about the connection between pet dental health and whole body wellness.

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A Closer Look at Pet Dental Care: How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth at Home

Many pet owners are still surprisingly ill at ease when it comes to pet dental care. Sure, like other new adventures, brushing your pet’s teeth might seem a bit daunting at first. We can assure that with equal measures of patience, practice and determination, you’ll be setting your pet up for a brighter, healthier future. What could be better than that?

Forming a New Habit

Brushing our own teeth is something we do every day (at least twice). In fact, it’s so much a part of our day that to skip it just feels downright wrong. Well, getting to this point with your pet can take some time, but if you are consistent the process of adopting the habit will go by quickly and easily. Before you know it, brushing your pet’s teeth will be just another thing you do together.

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The Whole Story About Dental Cavities in Dogs

Yes, dogs get cavities; monitor pet dental health!


At Schertz Animal Hospital, we are passionate about pet dental health. You will hear us preach about periodontal disease, dish about dental diets, and rant about resorptive lesions. In February and March, we are even offering 20% off all dental cleanings (these book fast). We don’t often talk about the main reason many of us head into the dentist – cavities.

So, do dental cavities in dogs exist? You will soon find out!

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