February is National Pet Dental Health Month! If you have been noticing stinky dog or cat breath for a while now is the time to take action. Dental disease is one of the most common disorders diagnosed on wellness exams. It is estimated that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3 year old suffer from some degree of periodontal disease.
Consider this: every time your pet chews, bacteria is showered into the bloodstream. This then lodges in the kidneys, liver, lungs and heart causing damage and disease. In addition, open fractures, feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, tooth root abscesses and worn teeth are painful and can act as a constant source of discomfort for your pet. Maintaining good pet dental health is a critical part of your pet’s overall well being.
To help with pet dental health, many veterinary clinics will offer a discount for dental cleaning performed during the month of February. Call and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning today!
Ashley Gallagher, DVM