February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Posted on May 14, 2014 by admin

Kedron Valley Veterinary Clinic (KVVC) is participating in this national campaign to promote optimal oral health in companion animals.  To celebrate, we are offering 10% off the price of all professional dental cleanings performed during the month of February.  In addition, we are offering complimentary dental exams, prior to scheduling a dental cleaning, to evaluate your pet's teeth and to provide you with an accurate estimate for the procedure.

Please read the following facts about dental care, some of them may surprise you!

  • Dental disease is the most common health issue in pets.
  • 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show some signs of gum disease by the age of 3.
  • Never use human toothpaste for a pet! It can be toxic if it is swallowed.
  • Have a small dog? Toy breeds may be more prone to dental disease.
  • Although February is National Pet Dental Health Month, dental care for your pet is important every day and every month.
  • Bad breath can be a sign of serious health problems such as periodontal disease.
  • Oral disease can result in difficulty chewing, food dropping from the mouth, inability to open or close the mouth and excessive salivation.
  • The bacteria in the oral cavity of a pet with periodontal disease can be released into the circulatory system and travel throughout the body. This can cause damage to heart tissue and lead to a disease process called endocarditis (infection of the heart valves).
  • Daily accumulation of plaque & bacteria can be decreased through daily tooth brushing or by feeding a dental treat that controls gingivitis.
  • Food particles accumulate below the gum lines and promote periodontal disease.
  • Tooth brushing with a bristled toothbrush once daily is the most effective way to control plaque.

 

To watch a very informative video with instructions about how to brush your pet’s teeth, please click on the link below.  This video was produced by the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB3GIAgrTPE