National Pet Dental Month

posted: by: Dr. Spencer Hubbard DVM Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

February is National Pet Dental Month!

February is the month of love for humans, but if your cat or dog has dental disease, their bad breath can leave you feeling less than enthusiastic about snuggling up. Here are 3 reasons why you should take advantage of our February-only 25% on teeth cleanings for dogs and cats.

Reason 1: Oral Health
Bacteria treat all mouths the same whether you're human, canine, or feline. Brushing teeth removes only 40% of the plaque (the bacteria and its waste that collects on a tooth's surface). If nothing is done, the bacteria will eat away at the gums of your pet leading to bad breath and potentially abscessed teeth. Abscessed teeth hurt and your animal will not chew hard food until the problem has been fixed.

Reason 2: Heart Health
Bacteria present in enough quantity can be absorbed into the bloodstream flowing through the gums and translocate to the heart, embedding itself into the valves of the heart as they open and close. When the colony is large enough, the valve will be unable to close completely leading to a leaky heart valve and subsequent heart disease- which is always fatal.

Reason 3: Kidney Health:
In the same manner as Reason 2, bacteria can spread from the gums to the kidney. While the kidney filters the infected blood, bacteria can escape damaging the renal tissue. If caught early, the disease can be reversed and the kidneys can function normally. If the disease progresses far enough before being addressed, chronic renal failure can occur which is irreversible.

Cleaning your pet's teeth is a great way to be a responsible owner and give your animal the healthy future they deserve. To promote this healthy practice, we are offering 25% off dental cleanings scheduled in the month of February. Call 502-348-9098 or visit us online to have yours scheduled today.