February is National Dental Health Month, but at Glendale Animal Hospital, we believe that every month is a good time to focus on keeping your pet smiling for years to come.
That’s why we’re offering 15% off all anesthetic dental cleanings and extractions during the month of February!
Hiding behind your pet’s pearly whites can be some seriously dirty secrets. Did you know that, by age three, 8% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease?
Why Clean Your Pet’s Teeth?
At advanced stages, dental disease can significantly impact a pet’s quality of life, making eating difficult due to mouth pain. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver, and kidney complications. Keeping up with the cleanliness of your pet’s teeth and their overall dental health can prevent years of discomfort, disease, and lost teeth.
Speaking of prevention, one of the best things you as a pet parent can do to ensure your furry friend’s good dental health – besides scheduling regular checkups with us – is brush their teeth on a regular basis. If you’re intimidated by the prospect of brushing your pet’s teeth, you’re not alone.
Tips to help brushing your pet’s teeth go more smoothly:
- Get comfortable. Instead of standing over your dog, try kneeling or sitting in front of him or her. Practice lifting your pet’s lip to see the teeth and reward with praise.
- Use a toothbrush and toothpaste made for pets. Human toothpaste contains ingredients that may hurt your pet’s stomach. Finger brushes work well for smaller dogs and cats; you’ll need a larger brush with a handle for big dogs.
- Go slow at first. Start with rubbing your pet’s gums and teeth with your finger to see how well they tolerate it. Before using the brush, let them lick some of the toothpaste off your finger or the brush.
- Be gentle. Finish with the bottom front teeth. Focus on the outside of the teeth—the surface facing the cheek is the most prone to plaque and tartar buildup.
- Be patient. Getting used to brushing might take several sessions. Your pet’s gums may bleed a little at first, but it’s only an emergency if bleeding doesn’t stop.
But what about my pet’s food?
Food is likewise a factor. Hill’s TD diet is clinically proven to reduce plaque, stains, and tartar buildup. TD is a complete and balanced diet that provides all the nutrition your pet needs while working to clean the tooth’s surface and fight bacteria-laden plaque with every meal. Plus, you can purchase Hill’s TD diet right in our hospital! at your next visit!
If your pet hasn’t had a dental exam in the last year, you could be playing fast and loose with their health. Call us at 630.297.4709 to book an appointment and take advantage of this special dental deal.