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Pet Dental Health Month

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   February 18, 2015 10:08
Dental and Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease (an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth), gingivitis and tartar build up all contribute to dental disease. Dental disease can be severely painful, even if your pet is not showing any signs of pain. If left untreated, dental disease can result in loss teeth and surrounding bone. The infection can damage organs such as the heart, kidneys, pancreas and lungs. Bad breath is not normal for cats and dogs and is the first sign of dental disease. Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist! I don’t think my pet needs a dental because… He is still eating so his teeth are not bothering him. • Dogs and cats will find a way to eat even if they are in pain. They are hungry so they adapt to the pain and figure out a way to eat even though it hurts. Some signs are so subtle that we may miss them or assume it is age related. Your dog or cat will probably eat more enthusiastically after a dental because it doesn’t hurt to chew anymore! He is too old to go under general anesthetic. • There are several things we do in order to make going under anesthetic as safe as possible for your pet. Preanesthetic bloodwork checks for normal organ function. IV fluids keep your pet hydrated, blood pressure normal and aid in an easier recovery. Temperature, blood pressure and heart function are monitored continualy throughout the procedure, as well as a warming blanket and socks are put on his/her feet to prevent heat loss. If you have any other concernes, feel free to discuss them with your veterinary care team! 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease by the time they are three years of age. At Home Dental Care Tips Brush your pet’s teeth daily. Ask your veterinary team for tips on how to successfully brush your cat or dogs teeth. Always use toothpaste formulated for pets. Never use human products. A high quality dental food and veterinarian recommended dental chews can help reduce plaque and tartar build up. There are several toys and chews that can help with dental care but consult your veterinarian about safety and ingredients. Maxiguard Oral spray and Gel work on plaque and help freshen breath. Don’t get discouraged, positive reinforcement will make brushing easier and something your pet will look forward to everyday. During the months of February and March we are offering either $75 or 15% (whichever is greater) off a dental cleaning for your pet! We are also offering a senior wellness checkup that includes bloodwork for your older pets for 20% off the regular price! Call today to book in your pet!

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