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Dental Month Is Here!

National Pet Dental Health Month is generally celebrated in February, however, here at Fort Caroline Animal Clinic we understand the importance of Pet Dental Health and have decided that we will be celebrating Pet Dental Health Month early and offering dental cleaning specials for the months of January and February.

So, now and through the end of February, you can receive:

  • Complimentary Dental Evaluations for your pet
  • $25 off dental procedures over $200
  • 50% off dental kits, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.

Good Oral Health Is More Than Just a Pretty Smile

Poor dental hygiene can put both your pet’s health and your pocketbook at risk. “Dog breath” – or a cat with a foul-smelling mouth – can be a sign of untreated dental conditions. If left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for greater problems such as periodontitis or heart disease.

Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do, and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell could be caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age.

Routine cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease and save money in the long run. A 2014 analysis conducted by Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. showed that the average cost per pet to prevent dental disease is just one-third of the average cost of treating dental disease.

More importantly, a complete oral examination can detect hidden health problems. Even if your pet’s breath smells fine, there still could be dental conditions that are hard to spot without a complete veterinary exam.

Symptoms of Dental Health Problems

If you notice any of the symptoms below, take your pet to your veterinarian as soon as possible:

  • Bad breath — most pets have breath that is less than fresh, but if it becomes truly repugnant, that’s a sign that periodontal disease has already started.
  • Frequent pawing or rubbing the face and/or mouth.
  • Reluctance to eat hard foods.
  • Red swollen gums and brownish teeth

Early treatment is best to prevent pain, tooth loss, and expensive treatments. Left untreated, periodontal disease may lead to:

  • Chronic pain from infection and inflammation
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss
  • Tooth loss due to loss of supporting tissues around teeth
  • Distant organ (e.g.: liver, kidneys, heart valves) damage from bacteria showering from the mouth to the bloodstream

Dental Cleaning at Home and at the Vet

Schedule your pet’s dental checkup with us now! We’ll do a thorough checkup to make sure your pet is at optimum health. We can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth in between exams. Brushing is the single most effective thing you can do to keep your pet’s teeth healthy between dental cleanings.

For more information on brushing your pet’s teeth, please watch this video:

Because your pet will not lie down quietly for a dental cleaning, general anesthesia is required. To prepare anesthesia, your veterinarian will do a thorough examination of your pet, perform blood work and discuss the procedure with you. Your pet will be monitored closely throughout the entire procedure: your pet’s safety is our primary concern.

If you would like to read more information on the importance of anesthesia, check out this AVMA article.

We’re committed to your pet’s health and wellness, and we know that you are as well. Book your appointment today!