February is Pet Dental Month!
February is the perfect time to think about the health of your dog or cat's teeth and gums! It's Pet Dental Health Month, designed to raise awareness about the importance of preventive dental health care for pets. Time to schedule a professional cleaning for your best friend...in addition to the regular at-home tooth brushing you do every week, of course!
Many pet owners are confused about what exactly a "dental" is, and why their dog or cat has go under anesthesia for a dental to be performed. Here's a rundown of some common dental procedures:
Oral exams: Your veterinarian performs a basic oral examination of your pet's teeth and gums while your pet is awake. They look for things like
plaque and tartar, missing teeth, gum disease, and tumors.
Dental cleanings: Annual dental cleanings are recommended under anesthesia for all adult dogs and cats. Before the procedure your veterinarian will do a pre-anesthesia exam to make sure your pet is good to go. Your pet's vitals will be monitored while he or she is under anesthesia.
Your pet's teeth will be scaled and polished during a dental. Scaling is the removal of plaque from the teeth using dental instruments. Polishing can
help remove scratches from the surface of the teeth. Sealants can also be applied to your pet's teeth to help strengthen the teeth and prevent plaque formation.
X-rays: Sometimes a dog or cat will need dental x-rays to evaluate overall oral health and see things that can't be detected in a regular exam. Pets
with advanced tooth and gum problems will need x-rays before tooth removal.
Don't delay, appointments book quickly.
During the month of February, enjoy 10% of dental products and $30.00 off a professional cleaning.
In honor of National Dog Biscuit Day which is Thursday, February 23rd , we will be giving out free dental treats to anyone that stops by the clinic.