Did you know February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

dental-exam-300x199Unfortunately over 80% of pets over the age of 5 have some significant level of periodontal disease, which leads to serious consequences – including heart disease.

Prevention of dental problems includes annual visits to a veterinarian, professional dental cleanings, proper food, chew toys, teeth brushing for dogs and cats, and dental treats. The first step to preventing dental problems is becoming aware and understanding the consequences of poor pet dental health.

If you notice any of the following behavior, it’s time to get your pet in here!
  • Bad breath
  • Tartar buildup on the teeth
  • Swollen, receding or bleeding gums
  • Fractured or abscessed teeth
  • Change in eating habits
  • Change in grooming habits (specific to felines)

How We Can Help You

This coming month Midlothian Animal Clinic would like to help our clients become more aware of these consequences and what you can do to avert them.  You’ll learn what bad doggy breath can truly mean, why we suggest pet toothpaste to clean those pearly whites, how a digital x-ray helps the doctors ensure your pet’s dental health and hear about one cat’s close call with with bartonella.

Additionally in February we’ll be holding a community workshop specifically for canine owners. (Unfortunately we didn’t think our feline friends would enjoy this type of community event but if you’d like us to show you how to brush their teeth, give us a call!)  During this event we will give easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach your dog to accept a daily tooth brushing. We’ll also describe healthy treats, and explain the true risks of neglected dental health.  We’ll be announcing a date for this event shortly.

National Pet Dental Health Month Special

screen-shot-2013-01-28-at-4-42-04-pmFor the entire month of February, we’ll be offering $25 off your pet’s dental screening examination and any dental procedure. That’s potentially $50 in savings because we know the value of good dental health.

It can be easy to overlook your dog’s oral health on a day-to-day basis. So February is a great time to bring your pet in for an oral exam and cleaning in honor of National Pet Dental Health Month.