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It's February! Happy National Pet Dental Health Month

Does your pet need their teeth brushed or does the doggy tooth fairy need to visit? Our veterinarians can help you figure that out! If your dog or cat is showing signs such as halitosis (bad breath), trouble chewing or dropping food, and pawing at the mouth, it may be time to get them in for an oral exam to decide what is the best next step in their dental health.

The Do's, the Don't's, and Everything in between

Do:

  • Brush your pet's teeth daily (if they will let you).

  • Check your pet's mouth regularly for any abnormalities (this could be loose or broken teeth, differences in gum color, or even changes in the gum tissue).

  • Give your dog or cat specific dental treats as recommended by your veterinarian.

  • Get regular dental check ups!

Don't:

  • Assume bad breath is normal (there is usually a reason behind the halitosis)!

  • Allow hard bones and toys (if it hurts to hit your knee with, it's too hard).

  • Believe that your pet would stop eating if their mouth hurt. The truth is, eating is the most basic part of life to just live, so they usually won't stop eating.

Everything In Between:

​We recognize that not every pet loves for their mouth to be checked. Let's be real, none of them love it but some tolerate it better than others, and we get that! If your fur baby falls into this category, let us do the dirty work of getting in their mouth to check for things. Our team can check out Fluffy or Fido's mouth, with less stress to you, and make a recommendation based on your individual pet's needs. While it's recommended to get a dental cleaning annually (full anesthesia, cleaning, and radiographs) that may not be feasible for a specific pet's needs and we can help you extend the life of a dental cleaning by going over home care options that can be customized to fit everyone's life style!

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