October is Dental Health Month!
Why is dental care so important for my pet?
Periodontal (gum) disease is the MOST COMMON disease in pets, affecting 95% of dogs and 70% of cats over 5 years old. This build up of plaque and tartar can cause bacterial infections that enter the bloodstream, infecting other parts of the body. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, and many other problems.
Unfortunately, once the plaque turns into tartar it cannot be removed by just brushing and will require scaling and polishing.
How can I prevent these problems?
Periodontal disease is easily prevented. Brushing your pets teeth daily is the most effective method of reducing plaque, though some pets will not tolerate this as well as others. There are also dental health diets, such as Royal Canin Dental and Hill's T/D, as well as dental chews that help reduce plaque and tartar formation.
It is also important to schedule dental cleanings for your pet, much as we would go see our own dentist for a cleaning and polishing.
Why do dental cleanings for my pet require anesthetic?
As well trained as some pets are, they don't exactly tolerate someone poking around in their mouth. Nobody likes going to the dentist, and for our pets it is especially scary. This is why a proper and thorough dental examination and cleaning can only be achieved under anesthetic, keeping them still and comfortable. This way we can clean underneath the gum line, where bacteria can hide, and extract any damaged or unhealthy teeth if necessary.
For the month of October we are offering:
-Complimentary dental exams when you schedule a dental cleaning
-15% off all dental procedures
In November watch for:
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