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Posted on 02-12-2015
Here at Acres Mill Animal Hospital, we want to remind you that February is pet dental month. Dogs and cats need dental examinations and teeth cleaning services at least once a year to help prevent oral infections.
Cats and dogs are susceptible to the same dental health problems as their human owners. Pets can get gum infections, abscesses, decaying teeth, periodontal disease and gingivitis. For dogs, the most common oral health problem is periodontal disease, which causes inflamed, bleeding gums, infections, loose teeth and bone loss. Cats are susceptible to ulcerative stomatitis, which is severe inflammation of the mouth. It causes extreme pain, ulcers on the gums and bright red gums.
Signs of oral health problems in pets include exceptionally bad breath, bleeding of the gums, bloody or excessive drooling, lack of appetite, spitting food out and chronic pawing of the mouth and face.
To prevent mouth infections and oral health problems, dogs and cats should see our veterinarian at least once a year for a dental examination, x-rays and teeth cleaning. To simplify your pet’s veterinary care, we recommend scheduling your pet’s vaccinations, wellness exams and dental appointments at the same time.
Here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic, we have an online store to help you purchase the dental products your pet needs to keep his or her mouth healthy. We offer several oral health products from Clenz-a-dent for cats and dogs, including chew sticks for dogs, prescription diets and food and water additives.
In addition to the products in our online store, our veterinarians can also give you tips on keeping your pet’s teeth clean at home. There are several pet-friendly toothpastes and toothbrushes available so that you can remove plaque and food particles from your pet's teeth at home.
Did you know that pets need regular dental care to maintain good oral health?
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