Dear JRPH Clients:
Happy Dental Health Month! As you may know, February has been designated as the month to raise awareness about pet's dental care. To do our part Josey Ranch will be offering a 10% discount off of all dentals from now until March 3, 2007.*
What some of you may not be aware of is that more than 85% of dogs and cats over 4 years old have some form of periodontal disease, a painful inflammatory condition in which bacteria attack the gums, ligament and bone tissues that surround and support the teeth. Dogs over 8 years of age are at a greater risk for developing periodontal disease.
Bacteria from the teeth and gums can enter the bloodstream and may travel to major organs and begin infection there. Among organs that are most often affected are the lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver. Parts of the nervous system may be affected as well. Although these infections are usually treatable when caught at an early stage, they can cause serious damage to these organs and, if not caught in time, may cause death.
Look for these warning signs:
- Bad Breath can be one of the first signs of dental disease.
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line.
- Red and swollen gums.
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched.
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating.
- Loose or missing teeth.
If your pet has one or more of these symptoms, it might be time to schedule a dental exam with your veterinarian. A simple three-step program can keep your pet healthy and you smiling:
Step 1: Visit your veterinarian.
In addition to a physical examination and medical history, the doctor will examine your pet's teeth and gums. Recommendations may be made for cleaning, polishing, and other dental care in the hospital, or your veterinarian may suggest a program of home dental care.
Step 2: Start a pet dental care routine at home.
Begin brushing your pet's teeth at home. It is best to start them on routine brushing at an early age but adult animals can be taught to tolerate brushing. Use specially formulated toothpastes and toothbrushes available from your veterinarian.
Step 3: Continue regular veterinary check ups.
Discuss your pet's dental care and diet with your veterinarian.
To schedule your pet's dental cleaning with our clinic please contact us at 972-446-0667, Mon. - Tues. 7:30am - 6:00pm, Wed. - Fri. 8:00am - 6:00 pm and Sat. from 9:00am - 1:00pm.
We look forward to hearing from you!
*Excludes pre-anesthetic blood work, medications and extractions.
~Some excerpts from Pfizer Animal Health Dental Care pamphlet.
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