pet dental dachshund 350pxDid you know that bad breath actually isn't normal for cats and dogs?

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) warns that odor might signify a serious health risk that comes with the potential to damage not only your pets' teeth and gums but their internal organs as well.

Unfortunately, cats and dogs almost never tell us when their mouths hurt. However, they can break teeth chewing on anything hard, such as Nylabones, bones, antlers, rocks, and sticks. When that happens, bacteria from the mouth then enters the broken tooth and can cause an abcess to form.

Pets also suffer from dental diseases in the same way humans do. There is a common disease, referred to as feline tooth resorption, that affects many cats. The disease causes their teeth to become damaged and painful. Periodontal disease can also develop if plaque and tartar are left on the teeth.

To keep the mouth as healthy as possible, we recommend annual dental cleanings for most of our patients. During the dental procedure, we probe, clean, and polish the teeth, take digital dental X-rays of the mouth, and treat/extract unhealthy teeth. 

Although February is officially National Pet Dental Health Month, we care about oral health year round which is why we offer a $55 discount on dentals all year if the procedure is scheduled within 30 days of our recommendation. And remember, dental rechecks are always free!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (434) 973-9699.