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Dr. Kerry Wink

Pet Dental Care

Published Jan. 12, 2012 @ 11:19 a.m.

Last week I talked about New Year’s resolutions regarding your pet.  With weight loss being at the top of the list, I’d like to recommend another important health issue be added to your pet’s 2012 resolutions.  Ever had a dog lick you in the face just to knock you over with bad breath?  No, I’m not talking about cute puppy breath.  I’m referring to the foul smelling, gag you fumes which radiate out each time your pet opens its mouth.  From bad breath to a change in eating habits, oral care plays a vital part in your pet’s health.

Oral disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in dogs & cats.  Did you know these problems can start developing as early as 2 years old?  According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats are diagnosed with oral disease by the age of 3. Just like us humans, it is very common for dogs and cats to get painful dental abscess, cavities or toothaches causing pain, eating changes, and more serious issues such as organ problems.

How can a tooth problem turn into kidney or liver failure?  A dental abscess releases Endotoxins and Bacteria. Both Bacteria and Endotoxins can pass through the blood stream and permanently damage vital organs like heart, heart valves, lungs, liver and kidneys. Delaying, postponing dental cleaning now could lead to advanced dental disease and higher treatment costs for heart, lungs, liver and kidney diseases.  Dental disease WILL reduce the life expectancy of your pet!  However, with a routine plan established, including annual professional dental cleaning and home dental care, dental disease is a preventable disease! 

In other words…oral disease in pets is a serious matter!  So serious of an issue, the American Veterinary Dental Society has declared the month of February as “National Pet Dental Health Month”.  To coordinate with this, Garza County Animal Hospital is offering 20% OFF of professional dental cleaning procedures from now through the end of February.  Call us at 806-495-3726 to make your pet’s dental appointment today!  Give your pet a beautiful smile and a healthy start to 2012!

 

 

 

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