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Five Reasons Why Dental Care is Important for Pets

dental month blogAmerican Animal Hospital Association guidelines recommend regular examinations and dental cleanings for all adult dogs and cats annually, starting at one year for cats and small-breed dogs, and at two years of age for larger-breed dogs. February is Pet Dental Health Month, so to help you keep your pet’s choppers in sparkling condition, AZPetVet is offering $50 off dental treatments. Simply mention this blog when booking.

Here are five reasons why you should incorporate dental care into your pet’s healthcare plan:

Brushing means better breath. Bad breath can be an indicator of periodontal disease in people and in pets. Regular brushing helps keep teeth healthier and breath better, so those slobbery kisses won’t take your breath away.

Periodontal disease can lead to more serious health problems. Numerous studies show a link between gum disease and serious health issues like heart disease. Prevention is the best approach, so regular brushing, dental exams and cleanings are vital.

Four out of five dogs over the age of three have some sort of periodontal disease. Plaque and tartar build-up on teeth is a sign of trouble, so make dental chewies, teeth brushing and regular check-ups part of your routine. Our feline friends need regular dental care as well.

Like people, older pets could lose their teeth. Decay and gum disease can cause tooth loss in animals – a condition which can be very painful, and cause serious health problems. Regular care saves you money in the long run, and helps prevent tooth loss.

Dogs and cats are good at hiding pain. Have you ever had a toothache? It’s painful, and can make you quite sick. Your pets can’t tell you directly that their teeth hurt, so you might not realize they have a serious dental issue until it’s too late. If your pet is drooling more than usual, has bleeding gums, loose teeth, or suspicious looking spots on their gums, make the appointment today.

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