Doggie Breath is no laughing matter and that goes for cats too. That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.
To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA and All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Tulsa and Village Vet Animal Clinic in Broken Arrow are promoting National Pet Dental Health Month in February.
The American Veterinary Dental Society states that “oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in dogs and cats.” Oral disease effects 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over three years of age. Periodontal disease is an infection between the tooth and gum. Treatment for this disease can include costly x-rays and tooth extraction.
Symptoms of periodontal disease consist of discolored teeth, increased pawing at the mouth, and putrid breath. When left untreated, your pet may suffer more serious conditions. Left untreated periodontal disease can ”Studies in both pets and people have shown that dental disease long term can create heart, liver and kidney problems.” according to Brad Walsh, DVM at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital. ” Getting your pets teeth cleaned goes far beyond simply giving them good breath or pretty teeth”
A few tips to remember when dealing with animal dental hygiene are:
- Human toothpaste can irritate your animal’s stomach.
- Never use fluoride on a puppy six months or younger.
- Chew toys can help remove soft tarter and strengthen teeth.
“The dental special, which is something we do every February and September, is one of our most popular and important specials. It is a great savings for our clients, it is instrumental in maintaining or attaining health and wellness for our patients, and it is great for us as a veterinary team to see the positive results that good dental care brings” says Dr. Walsh. All Creatures Veterinary Hospital is located at 8134 South Harvard Ave. in Tulsa. Call for an appointment at 918-481-0440
. Village Vet Animal Clinic is located in Broken Arrow at 2026 W. Houston Street. Call to schedule your pet’s dental at 918-258-0040
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