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January 2017

Dental Disease!

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Periodontal disease (dental disease)  is the most common clinical condition in dogs and cats, and it is entirely preventable.  By three years of age most dogs and cats have some evidence of dental disease. Some signs of dental disease include: include, gingivitis, tartar build up, periodontal disease or gingival hyperplasia.
Other than bad breath there are not many signs that owners will notice until the dental disease has progressed.

Sometimes animals will slow down and even stop eating depending on the severity of the disease.

Plaque and tartar will develop under the gum line and cause damage to the tooth.  If the bacteria gets bad enough, it can travel to tooth roots and abscesses may occur. It can also spread to their heart valves, liver or kidneys and damage those as well.

We recommend annual physical exams with your Veterinarian to help find possible dental problems before they becomes a major issue.

The most effective way to prevent dental tartar building up on your pet’s teeth is to brush them.

February is Dental Month

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Dental diets for your pet…who knew??

Plaque and tartar affect your animals just as they do your mouths. Once plaque has formed into tartar it can only be removed with dental instruments.

Dental diets are formulated specifically for reducing the amount of plaque and tartar that accumulates on the teeth, and in some cases may even prevent serious oral diseases.

Dental diets are nutritionally complete and balanced, but may not be right for every pet. These diets  should not be a main nutritional source for animals that have special nutritional or medical needs, but should instead be used to supplement an established diet that is already meeting their specific nutritional requirements.

The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) has reviewed many of the foods and treats that are made for reducing plaque on the tooth’s surface, giving their seal of approval only to those products that meet the required standards that have been shown to control tartar and plaque in the mouths of cats and dogs. Look for foods with the VOHC seal (pictured to the right) on the package.

Dental diet foods and treats are available online, from your veterinarian’s office, and at local pet stores where prescription diets are sold.