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February is Pet Dental Health Month

It’s the month of love! Hugs! Kisses!

If your pet’s bad breath makes them positively un-kissable,

it’s time schedule their yearly checkup today.

It’s that time of year again. A month about love, hugs, kisses and chocolate. And when it comes to your pet, 3 out of 4 of those come out way on top! (Chocolate is a no-no, but you already knew that!)

What if your pet’s bad breath makes them positively un-kissable? Bad breath may mean there is an issue with your pet’s teeth and gums. But it may also be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Either way, if dental conditions are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental conditions are hard to spot.

Keeping your pet healthy from toe to tooth shows the world how much you love them. What is the best way to keep your pet in tiptop shape?

Most pet dental disease occurs below the gum line, where you can’t see it. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian.

Schedule a dental exam if you observe any problems with your pet’s mouth, such as broken teeth, pain, or difficulty when eating.

Dental cleaning includes scaling (to remove plaque and tartar) and polishing, similar to the process used on your own teeth during cleanings.

Anesthesia makes it possible to perform dental procedures with less stress, pain, and risk of injury for your pet. It also lets your veterinarian do a full exam below the gum line, where most oral disease occurs.

Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings. It may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian.

Ask us about any dental products, treats, or dental-specific diets you're considering for your pet, or ask Dr Howton for his recommendation.

Schedule your pet's yearly checkup with us. We'll do a thorough checkup, including a dental exam, to make sure your pet is at optimum health. We're committed to your pet's well being every step of the way. (Because we love them too!) Book their appointment today!

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