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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.


Holiday tips for a happier pet from your pet dentist!

The holiday season is in full swing, and there’s no better time to remember your loved ones! That includes your four-legged, furry loved ones!

At Arizona’s Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals, we think about our pets dental and health needs all year round. But specifically treating your peArizona's Arrow Group of Animal Hospitalst over the holidays can mean as much to them as it can do a resort spa package for your spouse. Here are some tips!

  1. Buy some new chew sticks, porkhide bones or other delights for your dog.
  2. Get your dog’s fur clipped and cleaned! They will love it! In Phoenix, there are a number of recommended pet salons – try one for the holidays.
  3. Buy a new bone for the dog, or new climbing apparatus for your cat – Solo activities like this help nurture a sense of independence for your pet, leading to a more enjoyable relationship for you and your pets.
  4. Treat both animals to a full-featured pet dentist visit – If you don’t do anything else this holiday season, this one is probably the most important. Good dental hygiene helps prevent mouth pain for dogs, decreases chance of tooth loss and improves your pet’s overall well-being.
  5. Run your dog at a new park – the change in location and fresh air and exercise will do your pet a load of good!

Your pets are in some cases your best friends during the holidays. Give them the gift of love during the holidays, and make the time of year one to remember! And your pet will thank you too!

Save $50 on your pet dental visit before Dec. 31!

When was the last time you had your dog’s teeth cleaned, checked and refreshed? If it’s been more than six months, then that time might be now. Arrow Animal Hospital Group is offering a $50 savings at one of our member offices to have your pet dental visit done. But you must hurry – the offer is good only until December 31st.

When you book an appointment for your pet with one of our member veterinarians within the Arizona Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals, you will be assured of a full doctor exam, including, as needed, General anesthesia; Nursing care; Ultrasonic teeth cleaning, polishing and rinsing; as well as post-operative care with nurse and much more.

Many treatments can be performed in the exam room, such as vaccinations. For some treatments, such as blood draws and x-rays, we will take your pet to our treatment area where our highly trained staff can safely hold your pet during the procedures.

Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals has 16 convenient valley locations that offer a full complement of veterinary services for all of your pet’s needs. Our main goal is to ensure that you and your pets receive the highest level of care, service, and the most current treatment/techniques/medicine available.

We have a skilled and compassionate staff, state of the art facilities and equipment, and we combine the family element with a true compassion for you and your pets. We want you to feel like we are part of the family, especially during the holidays.

Five pet dental myths about your dog or cat.

Because humans have tended to pets for centuries, a tendency to ‘know what’s best for our pet’ has flourished, carrying with it certain myths about our pets’ health. The vet dentists at Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals have heard them all – and frankly, they ARE myths, as they do not hold much modern truths.

Here are some of the myths our vets have heard about the health and dental well-being of pets:

MYTH: My pet is not crying, so he can’t be in pain

FACT: Actually, the majority of pets will not cry, whimper or act painful at all. In most cases, when an animal is in pain, pet owners will not have any indication of any distress. However, a marked improvement in pets’ well-being comes about AFTER treatment for dental disease.vet dentist, glendale pet dentist, mesa pet dental

MYTH: My pet is still eating, so he doesn’t need dental care

FACT: Most animals will continue to eat even with sore mouths and painful dental disease. That is part of their instinctual behavior. But instead of chewing, most pets will simply gulp food instead of chewing, similarly to how humans might eat with a painful mouth disease.

MYTH: My pet is old, bad teeth is what happens to older pets

FACT: Older pets can have perfectly fine teeth. Old age is not a disease. Having bad teeth is a result of plaque and tartar buildup due to missed dental checkups, with additional problems caused by possible abscessed teeth, infections or worse.

MYTH: My pet has bad breath, but that’s normal for cats and dogs

FACT: Bad breath is caused by poor pet dental health
, dental disease or more, not by species. If you smell bad breath on your pet, that’s a very strong indicator that something in their mouth is abnormal and should be checked by a veterinarian.

Forget the myths, follow the facts. Contact your local Arizona veterinarian at www.Arizonapetvet.com and get your pet’s dental care back on track. And if you come in before December 31, you can save $50 on your pet’s dental cleaning with the printable coupon on the website.

Dog dental disease is no barking matter!

You love your pets. You buy them the best quality food for their nutritional needs, exercise them for fun and enjoyment, and enjoy the companionship that they provide. You do everything you should as a responsible pet owner. Right? Not always.

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One of the most overlooked areas of pet care is veterinary dental care of your dogs and cats. Like ourselves, your animals need professional teeth cleaning on a routine basis. In fact, most veterinarians recommend brushing your animal’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 pet’s teeth, professional cleaning is recommended every 6 to 18 months.

Lack of brushing your pet’s teeth regularly can lead to other oral health issues, like periodontal disease, a common gum infection found in pets. It’s estimated that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease.

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.

Unfortunately, in our fast-paced lifestyle, regular dental brushings and checkups for our pets is a practice that often gets ignored or forgotten. And on top of it, soaring insurance costs coupled with a crippled economy has left many pet owners with minimal funds for their pet’s dental health needs. It’s become so critical that the American Veterinary Medical Association has declared February its National Pet Dental Health Month.

In Arizona, a group of Valley veterinarians have come together under the Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals banner to help bring about awareness to our dogs’ dental care. All the veterinarians in the group are committed to helping pet owners become more aware and learn the responsibility of taking care of their dogs’ dental needs.

“Sadly, most pets we see for regular physicals also show signs of dental negligence and in some cases, gingivitis,” says Dr. Roger Willms of Glendale, AZ’s Arrow Animal Hospital. “In day-to-day living, dog owners simply have a hard time keeping up with brushing their pet’s teeth. But it’s a major cause of concern. You really have to brush your pet’s teeth at least twice a week to make a difference. Otherwise, you’re not really preventing anything. Our pets need good dental care just as the rest of us do.”

Dr. Willms recommends a few tips to pet owners.

1) Bring your pet to the vet! Don’t wait for an annual checkup if you’re detect bad breath or see infected gums on your pet.

2) Start brushing your pet’s teeth at home and supplement their diet with specially formulated pet foods that assist in limiting plaque and tartar buildup. Look for products that have the ‘Seal of Acceptance’ from the Veterinary Oral Health Council, an organization initiated by the American Veterinary Dental Society to guide consumers. These products meet the standards for limiting plaque and tartar control in dogs and cats.

3) Be regular with your veterinary checkups for your pets. You would do the same for your childrens’ doctor visits, so do the same with your pets. Your veterinarian can monitor the progress of your pet’s dental health routine, and make individual recommendations.

Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals and its 16 affiliated animal hospitals in the Phoenix area are dedicated to the highest care of dogs, cats, and small animals. The doctors are highly-trained in the care of animals, and have undergone extensive training for the dental care of dogs and cats. If you’ve not made a veterinary dental visit recently, contact ArizonaPetVet.com and see one of the doctors from the Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals for all your pet needs.