Why is there an ENTIRE month dedicated to pet dental health? Our goal for the month is to raise awareness on the prevalence and dangers of dental disease in our pets. Good oral health is more than just a sparkling smile!
Approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by the age of 3! Bad breath in both cats and dogs can be a sign of oral disease. If left untreated, it may lead to chronic pain and put your pet at risk for greater problems such as periodontitis or heart disease. We really prefer to prevent those!
Preventative care 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, including dental x-rays, can detect hidden health problems. Most dental disease occurs below the gum line, where it otherwise can be very difficult for us to detect! Even if your pet’s breath smells fine, there still could be dental conditions that are hard to identify without a thorough exam.
This is a great time to schedule your pet for dental check. We will do a thorough checkup and can even show you how to brush your pet’s teeth, the single most effective thing you can do to keep your pet’s teeth healthy between dental cleanings. If your pet makes this an impossible chore, we can even provide you with some possible alternatives. They will not be as effective as brushing, but they are better than nothing!
We’re committed to your pet’s health and wellness, and we know that you are as well. To celebrate National Pet Dental Health month, you can use this certificate for $25 off our complete dental package scheduled in February! Give us a call if you have any questions or to schedule your pet’s appointment.
We will be focused on pet dental education this month, so watch our blog and our social media sites for some of our interesting photos and cases!