The Real Deal About Periodontal Disease in Pets

Your pet may not need to be camera ready all the time, but their “smile” does matter. What starts as a little bad breath and tartar buildup can quickly progress to full blown periodontal disease, if left untreated.

Periodontal disease is defined as the progressive inflammation of the supporting structures of the tooth. It happens when gingivitis – inflammation of the gums  – combines with inflammation of the tooth root and bone to result in periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the most common cause of tooth loss in pets, affecting over 85% of pets by the age of 4. Schertz Animal Hospital looks at causes of periodontal disease and how to treat and prevent it in your pets.

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To Tree or Not to Tree: Cats Versus Christmas Trees

Cats versus Christmas trees is a matter of holiday pet safety

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for your cat to tear apart any holiday decorations you put up, that is. If you have cats, this comes as no surprise. The internet is full of “hilarious” videos of cats versus the Christmas tree, but your cat’s natural affinity for the biggest cat toy in town can not only wreak havoc on your holiday decor, it can also be dangerous for her.

It is possible to have a merry and bright Christmas, though, even with cats and Christmas trees. Here, Schertz Animal Hospital explores some ways to answer the question: to tree or not to tree?

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