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Is the worst part of cuddling with your pet its bad breath? This could be a sign of looming dental problems. Preventive veterinary dental care can save you money in the long run. Pet Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) every February, reminds pet owners that brushing their pet's teeth is good for both your pet's health and your budget.

"It's something you do every morning, part of your daily routine—brush your teeth. While most people take care of their own mouths, they often forget that they also should take care of their pet's teeth through a regular dental health care regimen," explains Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the AVMA. "One of the most common problems veterinarians see in pets is dental disease, and, unfortunately, these issues can get serious if untreated. I remind pet owners that an untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs, and suddenly become life threatening. Practicing good dental hygiene at home, in addition to regular dental cleanings by your veterinarian, is the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep your pets healthy, comfortable and pain-free."

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LA Winterizing and Bedding Photo 2Wisconsin winters bring cold, blustery weather and large animal owners need to pay extra attention to providing care to their livestock during this time of year.

"Winter brings cold conditions that generally require increased shelter for large animals," explains Dr. Bob Leder, of United Veterinary Service in Bear Creek, Wis. "Dietary requirements for animals in the cold are also increased."

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Some of the dangers from the retractable cord include rope burns if rapidly extended while touching it, wrapping the cord around you and/or your pet, and the cord breaking. Dogs approaching other dogs without permission and the dog running with the owner being pulled, and possibly injured, at the other end are other dangers, warns Dr. Alan Holter, WVMA member and veterinarian at Dodgeville Veterinary Service.

The WVMA recommends using a standard length leash for all dogs to help ensure the safety of you, your dog and others. However, if you are planning on using a retractable leash, take precautions to help ensure a safe and enjoyable excursion.

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Before your dog's first day of daycare, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) wants you to consider which daycare would be best for your pets and what research you should do beforehand.

"Daycare is a wonderful experience for many dogs. Pets that enjoy the company of other dogs and people are usually eager to attend," says Dr. Brenda Johansen, WVMA member and the owner of Harmony Pet Care in Waukesha, which offers veterinary medical care, daycare and boarding.

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As Steve Erickson, DVM of All Pets Veterinary Clinic in Middleton and Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) member, points out, there are some situations you might not think of - and some you should keep in mind -- this time of year.

"Very often it's the kids in the household - not the adults - who leave chocolate accessible to dogs," said Dr. Erickson. "And that's especially true around Halloween, when those trick-or-treat bags land on the floors of the kids' bedrooms."

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