February is National Pet Dental Health Month and we are offering 10% OFF professional dental cleanings during the month of February!
Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. By the time your pet is 3 years old, they will very likely have early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventive measures aren’t taken. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Other health problems found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes. It starts with plaque that hardens into tartar. Tartar above the gumline can often easily be seen and removed, but plaque and tartar below the gumline is damaging and sets the stage for infection and damage to the jawbone and the tissues that connect the tooth to the jaw bone. Signs of periodontal disease can include bad breath, redness at the gum line (gingivitis), pain (such as not eating or chewing on one side), excessive plaque and tartar build up on all or a particular tooth, nasal discharge (infections at the root of the tooth), facial swellings, or loose teeth. If your pet is experiencing any of these signs, please give us a call at (210) 651-1384 to schedule an appointment.
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is brushing daily. Finger tooth brushes and toothpastes for pets come in flavors to make brushing an enjoyable experience! Once the tartar and plaque builds up, the only way to remove it is to have his teeth cleaned professionally. Other products, like rinses, chews, and eating dry rather than wet food can help to decrease tartar and plaque buildup. You can also visit www.VOHC.org (Veterinary Oral Health Council) website for tips and tricks to decrease dental disease. We challenge you to lift a lip! Check out your pets teeth and give us a call if you need us!