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February is Dental Month!

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-Did you know that 80% of pets over the age of 3 years have some form of dental disease?
-Dental disease can mean that your pet can suffer from gum disease, tooth loss, heart disease, kidney disease, stained teeth, bad breath and other uncomfortable outcomes.
-Dental home care can actually be very easy for you and your pet!
-Dental disease is preventable! It is never too late to prevent or treat your special pet’s dental issues.

Some pets may require a professional dental cleaning. This is done under a safe general anesthetic, to help us fully assess your pet’s dental needs. This includes a scaling and polishing of each individual tooth, as well as assessing each tooth to make sure that is is healthy. In some cases some pets will need to have some problem teeth removed, to help them live a happier, healthier, more comfortable and longer life. Ask us today if a dental cleaning will be the right choice for your pet!

There are a multitude of ways to help slow down the progression of dental disease.

  • Brushing– Using a specialized tooth brush and pet tooth paste, brushing your dog or cat’s teeth will help prevent plaque and tartar build up, as well as help with bad breath caused by it.
  • Dental Chews– Specialized dental chews contain enzymes that help to break down plaque and tartar as your pet chews on them.
  • Drinking Water Additives– Drinking water is something that all pets do. You can enhance this experience by adding a solution to the water to help with dental health.
  • Gels– Leave-on gels can be suitable for all pets, especially for those that aren’t too fond of having their teeth brushed. This gel keeps your pet’s mouth clean, and can help to break down plaque and tartar.

Here at Heritage Hills Veterinary Clinic, we take pride in helping you with any dental care questions you may have.

Visit us, or call us and we will be happy to help you find the best solution to a healthy mouth for your pet!

Happy Brushing!