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February is National Pet Dental Month!

Stinky breath wafting around you when you smooch your favorite critter?  How about that doggie or kitty smile not being as wide as it use to be?  Sounds like it's time for your little one to come see our fabulous group of doctors for a through dental check-up.....

February may be the designated month for dental health but in reality all year long is check that mouth time!  Not just a cosmetic issue, yellow teeth and bad breath can be a sign of serious disease, which may affect our little one's kidneys, liver, and heart. Did you know that oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets, with most dogs and cats becoming affected by age 3?  So, how do you know your pet has a problem?

According to the AVMA website, the following issues may indicate dental disease:    

  • bad breath
  • broken or loose teeth
  • extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • pain in or around the mouth
  • bleeding from the mouth
  • swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

Also, please be aware that some pets become cranky due to pain or discomfort when they have dental problems, and any changes in your little one's behavior should result in a visit to us.Also, always be careful when evaluating your pet’s mouth, because a painful animal may bite!

So, if you believe your pet may be having dental problems (they don't always show signs immediately!) please give us a call at 757-473-0111 and set up an appointment for an evaluation.  You and your pet will be glad you did!


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