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Extra Special Care: The Importance of Pet Dental Care

Your pet’s health and wellness hinges on many things, such as proper nutrition, regular exercise, and disease prevention. However, the value of pet dental care is often minimized or overlooked entirely.

To emphasize its importance, Animal Medical and Surgical Center is offering a $50 savings off any dental cleaning scheduled in February or March. Need more reasons to get on board the pet dental care bandwagon? Look no further than the following guide…

A Little Background

Shockingly, more than half of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal (gum) disease by the age of three. You may not even know your pet is affected – until you start to notice the bad breath. Your pet is also hardwired to mask symptoms, especially those that cause pain.

Dental calculus, also known as tartar, is caused by an accumulation of plaque and bacteria. Left untreated, your pet could develop gingivitis, abscesses, or tooth or bone loss. If oral bacteria enters the bloodstream, your pet even runs the risk of developing a systemic illness.

Open Wide

Pet dental care is often overlooked because it can be difficult to convince your pet to open his or her mouth wide enough to inspect or brush. Even if you are able to steal a peek, do you know what troubling signs to look for? Please call us if you notice any of the following:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Change in preference from dry to wet food
  • Loose teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Shields the mouth or shies away from your touch
  • Dropping food
  • Drooling
  • Bleeding from the mouth or gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Proceeding With Pet Dental Care

A significant part of your pet’s wellness exam is evaluating the mouth, teeth, and gums. If we suspect that periodontal disease is affecting him or her, we will proceed with a comprehensive oral exam and a dental cleaning.

For your pet’s safety, dental procedures are performed under general anesthesia. We comply with the standards established by the American Animal Hospital Association and employ rigorous diagnostics to ensure your pet is prepared for anesthesia. Once under, we take digital radiographs to understand the extent of damage below the gum line.

If you have any questions about pet dental care or the administration of anesthesia, please let us know.

Preventive Measures

Whether you’re the proud owner of a young pet or a senior companion, pet dental care is of the utmost importance. That’s why our preventive care recommendations (reinforced during each wellness exam) include brushing your pet’s teeth at home.

Please schedule an appointment to take advantage of our $50 promotion and invest in a longer life for your pet. Our veterinarians and staff look forward to helping both of you!

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