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Dental Health is not just important during February, Dental Health Month, but all year long. Noah’s is committed to bringing the word about the importance of dental health to the entire community. We sponsored two free seminars about dental health and had an excellent attendance, but we still have more people who need to learn about the dangers of periodontal disease.

Poor dental health often affects the lungs, heart, and kidneys. Some results are extremely serious.

Semi-annual exams can detect dental problems and other health issues before even your pet knows there is something wrong. Tartar lurks below the gum line where it is difficult to see unless you are trained to detect it.    

Noah’s doctors look carefully for the beginning of tartar and will give you ample warning to schedule a periodontal treatment. No one likes surprise bills, we try to give you time to plan and also to catch the problem before it becomes dental surgery.

We have additional good news for your pet’s dental health. There is now a vaccine available to help control periodontal disease. Please call us for details.

Storm Season is upon us and Quincy is “most concerned.” Anxiety is best treated before it turns to panic. With Quincy and with our old friend Burt, we have used a combination of medication and counter conditioning as suggested by the veterinary behavior experts. As with human psychology and psychiatry, the same medication doesn’t work for all cases. If one doesn’t work, don’t give up. We will try something else. Be sure to act happy during storms, using your “light, happy voice”. Dogs are very perceptive and will instantly recognize your worry for them, thinking you are worried about the storm. Use lots of yummy treats and make them earn them by sitting, lying down, or coming. Make it a game. Quincy hears thunder and runs toward the clicker and the treats.

Counter-conditioning is not a quick fix to change bad habits, but it is a lasting one. Veterinarians and their staff are a pretty soft-hearted group and if there is any way to change a pet’s behavior that doesn’t involve fear and pain, we’re for it. We have attended hours of education about behavioral change and we know it is difficult, complex, and frustrating. Call us for a consultation and we will develop a long-range plan to help you and then follow up to help you fine tune your plan.

A few general rules may help. First, if your pet is doing something you don’t want them to do, call them and reward their obedience. Have them sit, and reward immediately with something outrageously yummy. We really like the clicker approach which is an immediate reward.

Second, play the reward game even when they aren’t involved in the “bad” behavior. Third, substitute a favorite toy or find a great toy that is more fun than chewing the couch. Fourth, try to anticipate the situation that will cause the problem and begin the “game” before the doorbell rings  or the dog sees the man in the hat.


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