Monday, 18 February 2013
Schedule your doggie dental!

Imagine for a moment that you stopped brushing your teeth.  Not just for today, but for the next 5 years.  Do you think it would change the look of your pearly whites when you smile?  Affect how close people stand to you when you talk?  Maybe alter the taste of your food?  Well, the same thing happens with your pets. 

Pets need regular dental care, just like we do.  Without it they can develop tartar build up, bad breath, gum disease and dental infections.  Left untreated these can progress to painful teeth, tooth loss, lack of appetite and even spread of bacteria to other parts of the body.  Once tartar has accumulated on the teeth a professional cleaning under anesthesia is the only way to get the teeth clean and evaluate the pet for any other underlying dental issues.

Though not all pets are appreciative of daily brushing, there are many products on the market that can help to minimize the buildup of bacteria and tartar and help keep the mouth cleaner and healthier.  Though these products will not likely eliminate the need for professional cleanings entirely, they can reduce the number of cleanings that are necessary over the course of your pet's lifetime and prevent the progression of tartar to a more serious infection. 

A dental exam is part of every comprehensive physical exam we perform.  If dental disease is detected we will make recommendations for what can be done to address the problem.  Discounts on dental cleanings are offered for the entire month of February.  Schedule your pet's dental exam today! 

Up next: "Have a heart: The hidden danger of heart disease"

Posted on 02/18/2013 9:37 AM by Roberta Grange, DVM
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