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  1. Yes, Orastrips are still available. I've worked in high end specialty, high end general practice, low cost urban and low cost rural practices. I've never seen a $1,0000 cleaning. I have seen a dental that total that much with advanced extractions, full mouth radiographs and other procedures above and beyond a cleaning.
  2. I make recommendations based on what is best for the pet's health, not based on what I think the client wants to hear. Just because you can't see disease with the naked eye does not mean there is absence of disease. Dental infection smells. The dog was not lacking in symptoms and she was my own, so I can do as I please. Like I said, we were a pilot hospital they asked to use the test strip to see if they worked well. They did. We found a direct correlation between the score that the strip gave and periodontal disease.
  3. Says who? If you are not a vet, how do you know? I see dogs all the time suffering from severe dental disease. The bacteria from their rotten teeth can damage their hearts, kidneys, brain, etc. I've seen dogs with such rotten mouths that they had fractured jaws. I've done countless dental cleans and extractions on old dogs. Their owners call me back a month later and rave about how they are acting like a puppy again, that they had no idea how much pain the teeth must have been causing the dog.
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3500115/ https://www.drugs.com/vet/orastrip-quickcheck-canine.html
  5. I did dental radiographs on my own dog because her breath was a bit stinky, plus we were one of the hospitals selected to try out some new test strips that detect periodontal disease in dogs. Her test strip showed high grade disease despite nearly pristine looking teeth (virtually no tartar and her gums looked pretty normal too). I was skeptical, but sure enough, when we took pictures, she had bone loss. She had her teeth cleaned plus had an antibiotic gel injected along her gums. Since then I've kept up with regular cleaning and antibiotic treatments. I tell my clients all the time that a visual inspection of the mouth can only go so far. Too often I've found teeth that looked great were in fact badly infected below the gum line.
  6. Veterinarian here. Dental health and the rate of tartar buildup in dogs are largely influenced by genetic factors such as the amount of saliva they produce, enamel strength and how the teeth line up. Brushing daily with an enzymatic toothpaste absolutely does help. Raw fed dogs do not magically have perfect teeth. I see plenty with bad periodontal disease that is invisible unless you take dental X-rays. Crunchy kibble does not clean your dog's teeth. If that were true, I could eat lots of ginger snaps and have a perfect mouth. Not going to happen.
  7. Do you know if testing for addition diseases is added in the future, will owners will automatically get those results? For example, if someone were to order their test now, prior to the EAOD test being released, would the owner get the EAOD results once the test was available?
  8. Do we know yet what other DNA tests will be offered in a package with the EOD gene and what that panel will cost?
  9. Take her to the vet. More likely she has a urinary tract infection.
  10. It just depends. My males LOVE puppies and I have to work hard to keep them away until the bitch is ready for pack introductions. Since I have so many puppies coming and going from my house, all dogs are trustworthy around them.
  11. I’ve produced at least 10 pups with rear and double rear dew claws plus one polydactyl pup. They happen in some lines. I generally remove the non articulated and double rear dews at 2 days old.
  12. Which company will be offering the test when it becomes available?
  13. If he can't get to visitors and everyone is safe, you are at an advantage. Just have a bucket of treats ready to go. Have visitors ignore him (do not talk to him or make eye contact). When visitors show up, toss him extra special treats. He will associate visitors with getting treats. As he gets better, specifically toss him treats when he is quiet, praising him for being calm/quite and giving him a gentle lie down command if he starts to bark or bounce.
  14. I just submit an estimate, they pay directly. Our local ECC hospital also accepts Trupanion, so I only have to come up with a little money for their deposit in case of a major accident or illness. My dogs wear their insurance ID tags on their collars, so if they are ever lost and end up in a clinic, they know all expenses would be covered. I have no per incident or annual maximum. Sorry to hear about Kenzi. I had a dog needing $5,000 in ortho surgery about 10 years ago. Wiped me out financially at the time, which is why I now have my dogs insured.
  15. I like TruPanion because they have direct pay, meaning I don't have to come up with 10s of thousands of dollars to pay a bill then wait for reimbursement. I like that their 10% pay after the deductible is based on an incident or diagnosis, not per year. So if my pet has a chronic condition that will cost $2000 a year to treat, I am liable for the first $1000 then only 10% after that, for the life of the pet. I like that they allow for genetic conditions such as HD, OCD, epilepsy, etc as long as the dog is insured prior to diagnosis. I like that they do not exclude working or breeding dogs and will even cover reproductive emergencies (if the dog has a breeding rider).
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