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February is National Pet Dental Health Month!
Increase Your Pet’s Lifespan with Regular Dental Care
The impact of inadequate dental care in pets goes way beyond bad breath. In both dogs and cats, poor oral hygiene is linked to heart, liver, and kidney disease. All three of these conditions can drastically reduce your pet’s longevity.
So what’s the solution? Care for your pet’s teeth as you would your own, by brushing them every day. In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, here are some additional strategies to maintain pet oral health at all phases of life:
Get in the habit of annual checkups for routine dental hygiene, to start good habits at the outset. Have your veterinarian check for any retained baby teeth or misalignments. He or she can also help you understand any genetic predispositions of your pet. For example, Yorkshire Terriers are prone to severe dental disease, and a high-protein diet can worsen underlying kidney disease in cats.
Pro tip: Don’t let pets chew on anything you wouldn’t chew on yourself. Chewing on rocks or very hard plastic can lead to broken teeth and costly extractions down the line.
Pets between the ages of 4 and 9 years are at a critical phase for dental problems that will continue to get worse (and more expensive). Consider a pet that requires 1-2 tooth extractions at age 4, which may cost around $200. Without routine oral hygiene and checkups, the problem could balloon to 10 extractions at age 9, costing around $1,200.
Pro tip: Now is the time to ask if changes to your pet’s diet may help reduce future dental disease. Canned food is linked to more severe dental disease, so it may be time to switch to dry food.
The most effective step is to talk to your veterinarian about the right course of action. An older pet may need a dental procedure, but the benefits must be weighed against the risks of anesthesia. Other strategies to increase your pet’s quality of life are introducing a prescription diet that will reduce plaque and tartar buildup, and providing dental chews at home to help clean teeth.
Pro tip: Remember that dogs and cats both have high pain thresholds and will continue to eat even when they’re in pain, so that’s not a reliable indicator of dental decay.
Your pets dental health is an important part of their overall health. Dental issues can cause serious health problems if not managed at the first signs of an issue. Early signs that your pet may be due for a dental check include:
Broken or loose teeth
Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from mouth
Pain around the mouth
Bleeding or Swelling in or around mouth
During the month of February, we are offering 10% off Dental Procedures when you mention this ad.
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