A FACE in the Spotlight: Meet Dr. Carrie Bone

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FACE held its first-ever cat dental clinic this month, treating four kitties who received past grants for emergency veterinary care, to ensure that these grantees could continue to lead healthy lives. This clinic would not have been possible without the generous assistance of Dr. Carrie Bone and her colleagues at La Jolla Veterinary Hospital. They donated their time and expertise, and along with funds from Roxy’s Dental Fund (which assists FACE grantees with dental care costs), these deserving kitties were able to get much-needed dental care.

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La Jolla Veterinary Hospital has been a long-time supporter of FACE’s mission to provide financial assistance to families with pets who need life-saving veterinary care. While their particular clientele does not necessarily need this assistance, the practice is committed to helping pets in need whenever they can. Dr. Bone joined La Jolla Vet one year ago, after practicing for 10 years in North San Diego County, and has enthusiastically embraced the cause.

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“FACE has always been there as an option when times and decisions are tough,” she notes. “It’s an opening when many other doors seem closed.” She cites an example from the dental clinic. One of the patients received a FACE grant to treat a urinary blockage. The cat’s urinary problems were under control with a special diet, but his teeth had severe tartar build-up and infection. “Both the urinary issues and the dental disease are very treatable health issues in animals. They can cause suffering if not addressed,” explains Dr. Bone. “But addressing these problems does incur costs which can sometimes be limiting. So, with the help of FACE, this cat’s quality of life truly improved, and he will hopefully be happy and healthy for a long time to come.”

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Dr. Bone’s commitment to her patients is inspiring. “I like to be the one who translates animal health and medicine to the owners who love their pets so much. I like to see how pets can make people so happy, and vice versa,” she says. Her goal is clear: “I mostly like keeping the healthy animals healthy and making the sick ones better!”

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When not working, Dr. Bone enjoys spending time with her dog “Larry Bird”—a terrier mix whose handsome good looks *almost* make up for his naughty behavior! She loves taking him out on neighborhood “smell-a-thons” and also likes to go to concerts and surf.

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FACE thanks Dr. Carrie Bone and everyone at La Jolla Veterinary Hospital for making our first cat dental clinic possible, as well as for all of the generous support they have provided over the years. We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing veterinary partners and we are grateful for their dedication and support!

 

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If It’s February, It Must Be Pet Dental Health Month!

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February is Pet Dental Health Month, a great time to remind dog and cat owners to make sure their pets’ teeth and gums are in good shape. Talk to your veterinarian about bringing your pet in for a dental, may veterinary practices have special deals on dentals during the month of February.

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Your vet will carefully examine the condition of your pet’s gums and all of the teeth, do a thorough cleaning with dental instruments, and finish with a tooth cleaning/polishing and maybe even a protective coating, too. If your vet finds any issues, you can talk about things like X-rays, tooth extractions, or additional procedures to help your pet combat periodontal disease.

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Oh, and if you’re not already brushing your pet’s teeth at home every week, it’s never too late to start! Make sure you get toothbrushes and toothpaste especially made for dogs or cats, and never use human toothpaste on pets. Some owners like to wrap gauze around their finger and brush the teeth that way. Introduce your pet to tooth brushing gradually. Even cats can learn to tolerate it over time!

Want more information on pet dental health? Check out American Veterinary Dental College’s (AVDC) website HERE.

 

FACE Hosts First Doggie Dental Clinic!

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Earlier this month, FACE hosted its first ever doggie dental clinic, in partnership with All Pets Animal Hospital in Encinitas, CA. This clinic benefitted eight of our former grantees…including military veterans and senior citizens.

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13 volunteers worked hard on these pups for over 10 hours to ensure that our success stories continue to live long and healthy lives.

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FACE thanks Roxy’s Dental Fund for helping us care for these pets in need.

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Check out some of these great photos of our four-legged friends enjoying their sparkling clean teeth!

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

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Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the professional association for veterinary dentists, most dogs and cats suffer from periodontal disease by the age of three. Periodontal disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up under your pet’s gum line. If left untreated, your pet could develop gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or even periodontitis (bone and tissue loss around the teeth).

What are the signs of oral health problems in dogs and cats? Common indicators include bad breath, loose or discolored teeth, drooling or bleeding, and loss of appetite.

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Home oral hygiene plays an important part in preventing chronic dental problems in dogs and cats. Regular tooth brushing with a brush and toothpaste made for pets is the first step in preventive care. Chlorhexidine, an anti-plaque antiseptic, can be used in both dogs and cats. It comes in rinse or gel form. The rinse gets squirted into the mouth and the gel can be smeared onto the teeth.

Cats and dogs can also benefit from dental diets, which help fight tartar through specially shaped kibble pieces or added anti-tartar ingredients. Look for dental food and treats. Dog rawhide and chew treats as well as chew toys can also help fight tartar.

If your pet needs professional dental care, your vet will need to administer anesthesia to effectively clean below the gum line. While many pet owners would prefer no anesthesia, it is impossible to keep a dog or cat’s head perfectly still during the scaling procedure without the use of anesthesia.

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Start introducing your pet to regular home tooth brushings now in order to avoid tooth loss and costly dental treatment later!

Check out the AVDC website for more information.