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National Pet Dental Health Month

This month is National Pet Dental Health Month!!

 

To celebrate, Long Meadow Veterinary Clinic is offering 15% off of all dental procedures and care for National Pet Dental Health Month.

 

National Pet Dental Health Month

 

Does your dog or cat have terrible breath? This could be a major risk to their health and could be a side effect of damaged teeth or gums. Did you know that if your pet has dental issues, it could cause, or be caused by, other significant health issues? When your pet comes in for their semi-annual exams, their teeth should be checked for any signs of problems.

 

However, if any of the problems listed below seem to be occurring, it might be a good idea to bring them in for a quick check-up.

 

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Retained baby teeth
  • Extra teeth
  • Abnormal drooling, chewing, or dropping the food from their mouth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Refusal to eat or reduced eating
  • They appear to have pain around or in their mouth
  • Bleeding or swelling in or around the mouth
  • Behavioral changes

 

National Pet Dental Health Month

 

 

Did you know that your pets can have a lot of the same dental issues that we can have?

 

  • Broken teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Teeth abscesses
  • Oral cysts or tumors
  • Teeth misalignment
  • Broken jaw

 

 

Check out this quiz to see how much you know about pet dental health!

 

National Pet Dental Health Month

 

Daily Tooth Brushing

 

A great way to ensure your pet’s dental health is a daily tooth brushing. Check out this video that goes into great detail about how to properly brush your pet’s teeth. Unfortunately, if brushing isn’t done every day, then it won’t be doing much for helping the overall health.

 

National Pet Dental Health Month

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is the most common condition that occurs in both dogs and cats. The crazy thing about it is that it is completely preventable! As pets age, starting around 3 years old, evidence of this disease will become apparent and will get worse over time if nothing is done to prevent it. If this disease progresses, it can cause problems in other parts of the body including the kidney, liver, and heart.

 

So how does this disease start? Plain old tartar! With a simple dental procedure, we can safely and effectively remove all of the tartar above and below the gum line. During the dental procedure, radiographs (x-rays) will sometimes be completed to see if the roots of the teeth are affected and to determine the severity of the disease.

 

There are different stages of periodontal disease, on a scale of 0-4, with 0 being the best. I’ve linked a FANTASTIC website to see how each of the stages looks like. It has both regular photos and radiograph images. Try to determine where your pet sits on the scale!

 

National Pet Dental Health Month

National Pet Dental Health MonthNational Pet Dental Health Month

National Pet Dental Health MonthNational Pet Dental Health Month

 

Additional Readings:

 

I used some great articles to get information on the topic of dental health. For more information check out the links below:

 

https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/February-is-National-Pet-Dental-Health-Month.aspx

 

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Pet-Dental-Care.aspx

 

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Whenyourpetneedsanesthesia.aspx

 

 

 

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