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National Pet Dental Health Month is Here

2016_AZPV_DentalMonth_RD5-01The American Animal Hospital Association guidelines recommend regular brushing to keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Dental examinations and cleanings should be performed 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. Here’s why:

Periodontal disease can lead to more serious health problems. Numerous studies show a link between gum disease and serious health issues like heart disease. (This is true for people, too) 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.

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.

Decay and gum disease can cause tooth loss in animals. This 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.

Symptoms of Hidden Dental Problems 

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.


Dental Hygiene for your cat.

Like ourselves, your animals need professional teeth cleaning on a routine basis. In fact, most veterinarians recommend brushing your cat’s teeth and gums at east twice a week! How many of us are guilty of NOT doing that? Depending on the condition of your cat’s teeth, professional cleaning is recommended every 6 to 18 months.  

That’s why a group of Valley veterinarians have come together under the Arrow Animal Hospital Group banner to help bring about awareness to cats dental health. All the veterinarians in the group care deeply about your cat’s dental health, and together, are bringing about a new awareness to cat owners. 

“When owners bring their cats into our hospital, even for a vaccine, the cat gets a physical,” says Dr. Roger Willms of Glendale’s Arrow Animal Hospital. “Part of that is to, obviously, look in the pet’s mouth for any problems. And we’re finding in more cases than not, that owners have neglected to brush their cat’s teeth. Most owners have a hard time keeping up with that, of course.

“You have to brush their teeth at least twice a week to make a difference. Otherwise, you’re not really preventing anything. Our cats need good dental care just as the rest of us do.”

Good advice! Feline dental disease is more than just stinky breath! When detected and diagnosed in the early stages, treatment is much more effective at preventing pain, decreases chance of tooth loss and cost is significantly decreased.

Start your cats dental care today with ArizonaPetVet.com.