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Fractured teeth are a very common occurrence in dogs and cats. They can break due to trauma (hit by a car, ball, or rock) or due to chewing on hard objects. Any tooth can break, however some teeth are fractured more than others.

CTV Atlantic
Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:28AM ADT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:30AM ADT

A veterinarian is sounding the alarm about parasitic larvae that may be hazardous to pets.

The warning comes after Beau, a three-year-old Maltese Pomeranian, developed a bump on his side and started cleaning it obsessively.

“He wasn’t in pain but he kept licking it, because the worm was moving under his skin,” says Beau’s owner Lena Comeau.

Feline oral resorbtive lesions are second only to periodontal disease in incidence of oral disease. They have only been recognized for about the last 40 years, with increasing frequency starting in the 70’s. As of yet, we do not know why they occur, and there are many studies currently being performed to elucidate the cause. What we do know, is that they result from the activation of cells called odontoclasts. These cells are responsible for the normal remodeling of tooth structure.

"Periodontal disease is the number one health problem in small animal patients. By two years of age, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease. However, there are generally little to no outward clinical signs of the disease process, and therefore, therapy typically comes very late in the disease. Consequently, periodontal disease may also the most undertreated disease in our patients. Additionally, unchecked periodontal disease has numerous local as well as systemic consequences.

Some people believe cats have nine lives because they have an uncanny ability to survive falls from heights that would normally kill a dog or human. Their high survival rates may be associated with their response to Terminal Velocity; a body falling at maximum acceleration. When a cat reaches terminal velocity the balance center in their brain becomes less stimulated and they actually relax when free falling. At this time cats splay their legs out horizontally like a flying squirrel.

We all know that fleas are a nuisance that bite us and our pets. But did you know that fleas have been around for 100 million years, since the time of the Tyrannosaurus Rex?
Fleas have a tough hard-bodied exoskeleton covered with a layer of wax to make them waterproof. They are flattened vertically like a fish making them difficult to “kill by squishing”. They have piercing, sucking mouthparts and grow on average 1/12 inches long. When you pick up a flea it uses its powerful legs to jump 150 times its own length in order to jump out of your hands.