Your Pet’s Dental Health & Preventative Care

Are you ready to commit to your pet’s health this year? If you’re on board, you’ll want to know that preventative care and dental health are vital to your pet’s long term wellbeing. When you help your pet maintain good overall health and clean teeth, you can extend her life by several years.

What is preventative care? We like to think of it as a tune-up for your pet’s health from teeth to tail and everything in between.

Celebrate New Year after New Year with your pet by providing her with the dental health and preventative care she needs.

How Do Positive Dental Health and Preventative Care Benefit Your Pet?

Does it warm your heart when your dog smiles or kitty offers kisses? Or does her breath make you want to pull away? While unpleasant breath may seem to be minor it’s often the first indication that your pet’s mouth could be healthier.

What causes bad breath? Bacteria. The more plaque and tartar your pets have, the more area bacteria has to cling. Your pet’s body tries to eliminate bacteria by sending white blood cells to her gum line. These white blood cells actually cause damage by eating away at the bone, causing loose teeth, oral pain, and trouble eating.

When you keep plaque and tartar under control, you prevent oral issues before they begin and save money by not having to pay for extractions.

Your pet’s oral health contributes to more than just a healthy mouth, though. Poor dental hygiene contributes to major health problems for pets. Periodontal disease (or gum disease) can create an avenue for bacteria to enter your pet’s bloodstream. This can affect your pet’s

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Kidneys
  • Arteries

In fact, there’s a link between dental health and heart disease in dogs and cats.

Your At-Home Check to Decide If It’s Time to Make an Appointment for a Cleaning

Discuss with our veterinarians how frequently your pet should have its teeth cleaned. Some pets need it up to twice a year.

1. Lift your pet’s lip.

2. Check both sides of her mouth and her front teeth.

3. If there is plaque at the gum line, discoloration, or evidence that one of her teeth is chipped, cracked, or broken, make an appointment.

Your Pet’s Preventative Health

Prevention is always better and more cost-effective than treatment. And you have the superpower of the ability to provide preventative care for your beloved pet. From parasites to disease and nutrition-- you can lengthen your pet’s life and fill it with joy!

What Preventative Care Can Do for Your Pet

  • Early diagnosis can help stop illness before wreaking havoc on your pet’s health.
  • Preventing diseases can save your pet’s life.
  • Your pet’s quality of life will soar if she can maintain mobility and a healthy weight.

How to Provide Your Pet with Exceptional Preventative Care This Year and Beyond

Step 1: Give us a Call to Schedule an Exam

During this exam, we will check your pet’s health from tail to teeth. We’ll analyze her bloodwork and give you a report about your pet’s overall wellbeing. We can also answer any questions you may have.

Step 2: Provide Your Pet with Preventative Medicine

Fleas, ticks, and heartworms can rob your pet of her health and life. We can work with you to ensure they don’t get the chance.

Your pet also needs immunizations to protect her from deadly diseases like rabies, parvovirus, feline leukemia, and kennel cough.

Step 3: Provide Your Pet with a Quality Diet and Superior Nutrition

From weight control to balanced nutrition, your pet’s diet helps keep her healthy. We can answer questions or advise you on your pet’s diet.

Step 4: Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Keeping your pet active with daily play helps her maintain healthy muscle tone, bones, and joints.

Partaking in play also improves your pet’s mental health. When our pets play, they exercise their minds which helps maintain connections and can slow down dementia and prevent depression and anxiety.

Step 5: Don’t Skip Regular Check-Ups

You should bring in your adult pet at least once per year for a thorough exam. Senior pets do best with exams twice per year.

Don’t wait until she gets sick to come and see us. You can save her life if we can catch any issues before they progress.

We Hope This Year Is Filled with Smiles, Wags, & Purrs for You and Your Pet

Preventative care and a healthy mouth are great ways to start off the new year for your pet. Let’s work together to extend your pet’s life to help keep her happy and healthy year after year! Make an appointment and commit to your pet’s health and peace of mind.




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