Smile! February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Good oral health is more than just a pretty smile.

Poor dental hygiene can put both your pet’s health and your pocket book at risk. “Dog breath” – or a cat with a foul­smelling mouth – can be a sign of untreated dental conditions. If left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for greater problems such as periodontitis and even heart disease!

That yucky plaque and tartar on your pet’s teeth (the brown/black/grey/tan gunk covering your pet’s teeth) harbors bacteria and traps that bacteria against their teeth. This allows the microscopic bacteria to get under the gums, causing gingivitis inflamed gums) and can even invade into the tooth enamel!. Even more dangerous, gingivitis allows the bacteria to get into the gum tissue itself, which then means the bacteria can get into the little tiny blood vessels in the gums. That means the bacteria is on a one way ticket straight to the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs etc… Once the bacteria gets into the bloodstream from the gums, it can set up shop in your pet’s organs,causing infection and damage to those organs!

Routine cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease and save money in the long run. A 2014 analysis conducted by Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. showed that the average cost per pet to prevent dental disease is just one­-third of the average cost of treating dental disease.

More importantly, a complete oral examination can detect hidden health problems. Even if your pet’s breath smells fine, there still could be dental conditionsthat are hard to spot without a complete veterinary exam, such as gingivitis, or other lesions like certain kinds of oral cancers.

Schedule your pet’s dental checkup with us now. We’ll do a thorough checkup to make sure your pet is at optimum health. Brushing is the single most effective thing you can do to keep your pet’s teeth healthy between dental cleanings.

We’re committed to your pet’s health and wellness, and we know that you are as well. Book your appointment today!

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