President of the American Veterinary Medical Association on Pet Dental Health


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Dr. Jose Arce

Dr. Jose Arce, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, talks HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN radio about pet dental health. February may be Pet Dental Health Month but this something to pay attention to year-round. Dr. Arce explains the importance of staying on top of dental care having to do even with the general health of pets, most especially as they age. Pets may eat right through pain, which they mask – but dental pain is so surprisingly common.Thing is in many cases that pain might have been avoided.

And Dr. Arce explains why smaller dogs and cats are somewhat more prone to dental issues, compared to mid-sized and larger dogs. Although individual genetics plays a role too just as it does in humans. Of course, we should brush our pets’ teeth – though mostly people don’t.

Hamster Roundup Was Wrong

Dr. Arce also says there’s no good reason not to have a pet hamster, gerbil, Guinea pig or other small animal as pets. They can be great pets and it’s terrific their popularity went up throughout the pandemic. He notes that Hong Kong officials had no valid reason to cull hamsters out of fear of them spreading COVID-19. While some companion animals can apparently get COVID-19 (though not necessarily become ill), so far, there’s no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from a companion animal.

He also weighs in regarding the behavior of the CoV-2 Omicron variant; it’s a coronavirus which is something veterinarians certainly know about.

Block Puppy Mill Pipeline

What’s going on in Illinois? Some state representatives apparently want puppy mills to thrive, though a statewide law to stop the puppy mill pipeline was passed in 2020.