It’s getting to be that time-National Pet Dental Health Month is right around the corner in February. What does this mean for your pets?
It’s a great time to have your pet’s teeth evaluated by a veterinarian to determine if they have dental disease. Dental disease is one of the most common things we find when we do exams. Ranging from tartar to baby teeth that never fell out to loose teeth and abscessed/unhealthy teeth. While all cats and dogs can have dental problems, it is more common in cats and small breed dogs. And dental disease can cause other health issues and discomfort for your pet, so we don’t want to ignore it.
It’s a great time to schedule your pet’s dental cleaning/evaluation if your pet needs one. We offer a discount during February. And these appointments can fill fast…but don’t be discouraged if you miss dental month. Southern Animal Hospital offers a discount on dental procedures year round. As long as you schedule the dental procedure within 30 days of your exam where the dental procedure was recommended, we will give a discount. We believe dental health is very important year round and want to make it affordable for your family. During a dental procedure your pet will have all of their teeth cleaned and evaluated for pockets/unhealthy gums. We may recommend teeth be removed if they are unhealthy.
It’s a great time to discuss what you can do to help prevent dental disease in your pet. While in a perfect world, we would brush our pet’s teeth every day, but we know this is hard. Dental chews can be helpful to prevent tartar build up. We carry chews for cats and all sizes of dogs. Be careful with hard bones for dogs as this can fracture teeth. But most important are yearly exams to monitor your pet for dental problems and address them early on!
We look forward to see your pet’s pearly whites!
Boo Donoho, DVM