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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.

 

Five warning signs for dog dental health – brush their teeth!

Humans very naturally take care of their teeth. Next to drinking water, brushing our teeth is probably the next most regular thing we do. But who takes care of our dogs’ teeth? And how often? Sadly, for pets, the answer is generally “not often enough”.

canine dental Arrow Group Animal Hospitals
Our group of veterinarian doctors has banded together as the Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals, with a new website at www.Arizonapetvet.com to highlight the dangers in lack of proper dog dental health care for animal owners. Here are some warning signs you should be on the lookout for in checking dogs’ teeth:

Warning signs:

  • Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when mouth or gums are touched, or when pet is eating
  • Decreased appetite, due to reason above
  • Loose or missing teeth

The opportunity to help desert pet owners has never been greater and these Phoenix pet dentist want to make sure their pets get as much dental care as themselves. Without proper dental care, pets have increased chances of mouth-borne illnesses.

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 pet’s dental care today with AZPetVet! Find the location nearest you at www.AZPetVet.com

Clean your dog’s teeth!

How often do humans go to their dentist for teeth cleaning? On average, every 6-9 months seems to be the norm. Sadly, for dogs, that length of time between checkups is far longer.


And that’s why we at Arrow Animal Hospital Group have started a new website at ArizonaPetVet.com with an accompanying awareness campaign to highlight the necessity of dog dental health as themselves. Without proper dental care, dogs have increased chances of mouth-borne illnesses.

An animal’s mouth is very similar to ours. Their teeth are subject to the same problems that we can have, such as abscesses, receding gum lines, bone loss, gingivitis, rotten teeth and periodontal disease. When dental health is not addressed, eventually an animal will need things like root canal surgery and extractions. In severe cases, the bacteria and infection in the mouth will spread to the bloodstream, causing problems in the rest of the body, like the liver, kidneys and heart. In the worst cases, these problems will lead to a shorter life span.

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 dog’s dental care today with AZPetVet! Find the location nearest you at www.AZPetVet.com.