The Four Stages of Pet Dental Disease

Checking a cat's teeth.

Pet dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common but preventable condition in our pets. In fact, about 85% of pets have some form of the disease by the time they reach 4 years of age. 

Regardless of the commonality of the disease, many pet parents aren’t aware that there is a problem. Aside from bad breath, there are few signs that are readily noticed until pet dental disease is advanced. And by this time, it’s not only painful for our pet, but it’s likely that they are experiencing bleeding gums, infection, tooth loss, and even damage to their internal organs caused by bacteria that find their way into the pet’s bloodstream. 

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Reverse Sneezing and Other Things That Go Honk in the Night

A tan dog reverse sneezing.

Dogs can make some pretty crazy noises. While you may be used to your Bulldog’s snorts or your lazy Labrador’s sleepy snores, some doggy noises happen when something is amiss. It can be hard to know when to worry, but that’s where your professionals at Mobile Vet M.D. come in. 

Be it reverse sneezing, goose honking, or a myriad of other strange snorts, we are here to help.

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The Importance of Understanding Destructive Cat Behavior

A grey cat with golden eyes engages in destructive cat behavior by shredding some toilet paper

Cats can be mysterious creatures, but if we’re really paying attention their communications are loud and clear. Take scratching, for example. Instead of trying to get your goat, cats are merely answering to a feline instinct to stretch, mark their territory, and liberate the dried up outer sheaths of their claws. 

Cats aren’t trying to be destructive when they scratch, but they are clearly saying to their owner that they like that couch corner or area rug, and enjoy using it to their benefit. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to curb destructive cat behavior.

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It’s About Time! DIY Pet Treats For All Seasons

These two dogs can't wait for their DIY pet treats!
Your pets will love your do it yourself treats!

The simple act of treating a pet to something tasty feels good. We have the power to satisfy them and we are rewarded with their gratitude. Until, that is, they beg and plead for more. 

While it’s critical not to over-indulge pets, treating them to something yummy can become part of the daily routine (especially if you’re using treats in training). To eliminate some of the fillers, preservatives, and artificial flavors that can abound in commercial products, you can create your own delicious DIY pet treats to show how much you love them.

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Move Over, Rover: The Dynamic Between Cats and People Is Here to Stay

For cat owners, few relationships surpass the comfort and affection shared between them and their feline friends. Indeed, a large percentage of cat owners would much rather stay at home with their furry buddies than spend time at family gatherings or public events. 

That’s not to say the stereotype about “cat people” is entirely true (the one about us being overly sensitive, neurotic, introverted, and aloof). Instead, it’s a tribute to the positive feedback people feel when with their cats. In other words, the vibe between cats and people is real, it’s mutually beneficial, and one of the possible keys to cat wellness.

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If Your Cat Has Greasy Fur, It Could Be Time to Investigate

Cats are adored worldwide for their eyes, whiskers, and cute little meows, and for their soft, silky, fur coats. Without a doubt, people love to touch and stroke a gleaming feline coat, but when a cat has greasy fur, it can be highly unattractive.

Sure it could simply be the result of poor kitty hygiene, but oily, sticky and greasy fur can also be indicative of larger medical issues. 

Since all cats deserve to be snuggled and adored, it’s time to dive into the best ways to care for their skin and coat.

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Pet Diabetes: How You Can Help Your Pet

All pets have their own behavioral characteristics, but most of the time it’s easy to tell when something is wrong. Sure, many pets will hide signs of illness from even their closest people, but with pet diabetes, keep an eye out for excessive thirst, urination, and weight loss.

Pet diabetes is one of the most common conditions in pets today, with 1 in 300 dogs and 1 in 231 cats being affected. Early detection and diligent management are the key components to preventing long term complications. 

Mobile Vet M.D has everything you need to know about pet diabetes, right here!

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Say What? All About Ear Problems in Pets

A small brown dog's large ears flap upward as he runs through a forest.

One of the more common calls we receive at Mobile Pet M.D. is about ears. Most pets will experience some type of issue involving this important sensory organ in their lifetime, and if left untreated, it can be quite serious.

If your pet is shaking, flapping, scratching, or whining about their ears, it is time to call us. Ear problems in pets are no fun for you or your furry family member, and addressing them promptly and appropriately is very important. 

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Senior Pet Health & The Golden Years

An aging Maine Coon cat sits on a living room carpet

Have you noticed a little grey on the muzzle of your fur “baby”? Aging in pets sometimes happens before we know it! And, with access to better veterinary care, our understanding of what pets need to thrive, coupled with better nutrition, pets are living longer than ever. 

Of course, aging comes with certain conditions and ailments; but age is not a disease! We can make some small adjustments to keep our senior pets comfortable. And, if we meet their health needs, they can live active, happy lives well into their golden years.

Come along with Mobile Vet, MD as we explore senior pet health. 

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Lumps and Bumps in Pets: What’s Normal and When to Worry

A close-up of a skin lump on the leg of a dog

Discovering a lump or bump on your pet can be extremely disconcerting. Thoughts jump to the worst – is it cancer? An infection? Some other type of pet emergency

Lumps and bumps in pets can be frightening, but the majority of these masses are benign. If you discover a lump or bump on your pet that wasn’t there before, your friends at Mobile Vet, MD are here to help you tell the normal from the bad.

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