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Considering Your Pet’s Dental Health

Your pet’s stinky breath could signal more than it’s time to avoid face-to-face time with him. A pet with untreated periodontal disease can develop serious problems with her kidneys, lungs, heart or liver.
Unfortunately, a pet’s dental hygiene is more likely to be overlooked by most owners. Recent studies by the American Animal Hospital Association point out that 2/3 of owners don’t follow their veterinarian’s advice when it comes to proper dental care for their pets.
Think about your own dental health. You probably brush at least a couple times a day, and if you’ve been listening to your hygienist, you floss too. Now imagine going a year without brushing. Unfortunately, many pets routinely do this!
While most humans don’t want to neglect dental health and worry about releasing harmful bacteria into the bloodstream, pets need a little help to reach the same goals of good dental health.
Starting early with dental care is best. Kittens and puppies are more likely to accept the routine of tooth brushing, but with a patient, non-rushed approach, an older pet can also get used to the idea.
Unfortunately, many pets can effectively hide dental problems, living out “survival of the fittest.” Before you start ambitiously brushing your pet’s teeth, have your vet examine his mouth. She can show you what to look for.
In the pink. That’s the color you want to see in your pet’s gums. Red or purple sections on your pet’s gum indicate gingivitis.
Up Close and Personal Buddies. With a little practice, both you and your pet can become accustomed to you examining his mouth. Your dog or cat’s mouth can often give you a good idea of her health in general. Take a look at the following danger signs for your pet’s dental health:
1. Chewing on one side
2. Not eating
3. Red gums
4. Lethargy
5. Excessive drooling
6. Swelling under the eye
If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, it’s time for an oral check-up with us. Good dental care can add years to your pet’s life.
So give us a call today…don’t forget that for the month of February, 2013, you’ll get a free dental treat bag when you have your cleaning!