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Have you ever gotten a sniff of your dog or cat’s breath lately? What was your reaction? A wrinkled nose? Turned your head away? Are you avoiding that close nose-to-nose touch?
Dental care is something that is often overlooked with our pets. Think how your mouth would feel, look, taste and smell if you never kept up with dental care.
Tartar and calculus lock bacteria in and under the gum line causing irritation to the gums (gingivitis). If left untreated this can result with a more severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a sickness of the supporting tissues of the teeth. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, it is estimated that 85% of cats and dogs have periodontal disease by the age of four.
Signs that could indicate tooth and gum disease in your pet(s):
- bad breath
- excessive salvation
- refusing to eat
- difficulty while eating
- rubbing or pawing at their face
- loose or broken teeth
- redness in the mouth
- inflamed gums
Many pets do not show symptoms of tooth or gum disease other than bad breath. Most pets’ dental diseases are not detected until their condition is poor. With regular veterinary exams, your pet can lower its risk of periodontal disease.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. This is to promote awareness of oral problems in dogs and cats.
To make an appointment to have your pets’ mouth evaluated call 613-624-5554
Pets need dental care too!
Offer expires 02/28/2014
1. Initial Dental exam at regular rate, but full reversal when dental cleaning is completed.
2. Reversal of day hospitalization fees.
3. One product of your choice
– Medical Royal Canin Dental Diet or enzymatic dental water additive.