Hope's Report              Issue III August 9th, 2018
Our Challange to You!
Services Offered
Dental Health
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Our Challange to You!
Hoping Hands Promotion - Bring a picture or proof of you donating your time or services to those in need in Springfield, IL within the last 30 days and receive a $10 credit towards your next visit here at Hope! (Limit one per household) Give hope, and Hope gives back. Let us know where or who needs help so we can spread the word!
Did you know that we accept walk-ins on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm? Walking in doesn't help your busy schedule? Drop your pet off with us then! We will try our hardest to work with your schedule to make sure your pet gets to their appointments too! We also take our own after hour emergencies if we are available. Since we only have a family of 3 at Hope, sometimes we aren’t available to see your loved one. In those cases, we will point you in the right direction if we are unable to help. We understand it can be difficult to get to the vet sometimes too. Maybe your pet is getting old, or is too fearful. Maybe you have difficulty getting them in the car, or life is too hectic and you can't find time to get here.  Whatever the reason, we will come to you.  House calls are typically for routine procedures, like preventive care. There may be some cases where your pet needs to be seen here at Hope. When the time comes, we can come to say our final goodbye in the comfort of your home.
Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a progressive and irreversible loss of the structures surrounding the teeth caused by chronic infection and inflammation in the mouth. When your pet eats, residual food particles in the mouth promote growth of bacteria. The bacteria form a slime layer, known as plaque, which attaches to the teeth and hardens to form tartar and calculus. The first step in treating periodontal disease requires cleaning the teeth and surrounding tissues. Because your pet will not lie down quietly for a dental cleaning, general anesthesia is required. To prepare anesthesia, we will do a thorough examination of your pet and perform blood work. Your pet will be monitored closely throughout the entire procedure: your pet’s safety is our primary concern. Radiographs (X-rays) will be taken of the teeth to check for pathology hiding below the gum line. We will discuss with you any other procedures that may need to be performed.   To learn more about dental health, check out this video: Dental Health and Your Pet Here are some tips to help keep your pets teeth healthy! Pets teeth are very similar to ours and need to be treated the same. We brush our teeth twice daily and get cleanings twice a year. We understand that isn't always possible so here are some ways to help: 1. Brush your pet’s teeth regularly Use toothpaste designed for pets, which can come in flavors like chicken or maple. Call us for some tips to make this fun for you and your pet.   2. Start a water additive Adding a dental water supplement to your pets water helps control tartar in between brushing.    3. Do a weekly mouth check Carefully peer into your pet’s mouth to look for issues like swelling, redness, or fractured teeth. Let us know if you see anything!   4. Schedule annual cleanings During a cleaning, we can safely examine your pet’s mouth and remove plaque that can’t be brushed away.
Looking to help around the community? If you love working with children, then the Family Service Center would be a great place for you to volunteer. They are a non-profit that works with children going through the foster care and adoption services. You can get involved in things such as helping out with after-school programs and trivia nights, to answering phones and performing light office work. You can contact Molly Berendt for more information at (217)528-1446.  http://www.service2families.org/ Doors Open Illinois Saturday, August 11, 2018 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Sunday, August 12, 2018  11:00am to 4:30pm Illinois State Museum, Springfield Free admission Museum admission will be free of charge both Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12. The Museum will extend its Sunday hours to open at 11:00 am. The Play Museum also open at 11:00 am on Sunday. Doors Open Illinois is presented in partnership with the Illinois Office of Tourism. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or call (217)558-6696.