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February Is National Pet Dental Health Month

When you own a pet, you are responsible for their health and happiness. One of the commitments is to take care of their teeth and gums. You may be thinking that this only mean routinely brushing your pet’s teeth. However, to avoid serious dental health issues, your pet needs get a check up for their teeth every six months to ensure it is healthy.

smiling doggieStatistics show that 85 percent of pets suffer from periodontal disease by the time they turn three years old. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of your pet’s dental health. We are here to help your pet avoid the adverse effects of periodontal disease. In honor of February being National Pet Dental Health month, we are offering a 10 percent discount on dental cleanings for the entire month of February. We would like to tell you more about the importance of having your pet’s teeth cleaned in our East Nashville location, and we also have tips to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy for the long run.

Why does my pet need to get his teeth professionally cleaned?

Periodontal disease progresses in stages, and it begins when bacteria and food particles combine to form plaque on the teeth. The plaque then quickly bonds with more bacteria in the mouth to become tartar later. Tartar then hardens to the teeth and provides an easy pathway for bacteria to get underneath the gums. This stage is more serious than gingivitis.

The next stage is periodontal disease, which puts your pet at risk of losing their teeth. While you can remove plaque from your pet’s teeth and gums at home, the only way to remove tartar is with a professional veterinary dental cleaning, according to VetStreet. After a cleaning from our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital, we will make a follow-up appointment to check if we were able to reverse the progress of gingivitis. Unfortunately, we cannot reverse the damage once it reaches the periodontal stage. It is so important to bring your pet in every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.

What can I do at home between cleanings to help avoid periodontal disease?

While it is very challenging at first to brush your pet’s teeth, 5 Points Animal Hospital can show you tips with a finger toothbrush to make this task easier. Pet toothpaste is available in a variety of flavors such as chicken and malt, so you may have to try a couple of different ones to see which they prefer.

If plaque is a concern, we can recommend a plaque prevention product that you can apply to your pet’s teeth every week that greatly reduces plaque. Another way to promote good dental health is to give your pet a special diet and treats, which also help to the formation of reduce plaque and tartar. Larger kibbles provide abrasive action that can remove food particles from your pet’s teeth, and there are even food that contain special ingredients to help prevent tartar mineralization.

Celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month with us this February with 10 percent off dental cleanings! Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital today to schedule your appointment.

Savings Special for Pet Dental Health Month

February is Pet Dental Health Month. So to celebrate, 5 Points Animal Hospital is offering 15 percent off of our pet dental cleaning services for the entire month. Contact us now to make your appointment! According to VetStreet, approximately 85 percent of all pets end up suffering from gum disease by the time they are three years old. What’s the best way to prevent this from happening? Have your pet’s teeth and gums professionally cleaned at the vet’s office. We would like to tell you more about our pet dental cleaning services.

What is involved during a pet dental cleaning?

When your pet comes into 5 Points Animal Hospital for a professional dental cleaning, we will remove the plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. In addition, we assess his or her overall oral health. Even if you are brushing your pet’s teeth at home on a regular basis, it is impossible to get a thorough cleaning without the use of general anesthesia. This allows our veterinarians to be able to remove the plaque and tartar underneath your pet’s gums and keep your pet out of pain during this process.

How often should I have my pet’s teeth professionally cleaned?

We recommend that you schedule this service once a year. Making this appointment during the month of February is convenient, as it is Pet Dental Health Month. So, you will be able to benefit from our savings special! Your pet may also need a professional cleaning more often. Especially if he or she is showing any signs of gum disease. These signs include bad breath, drooling, difficulty chewing, or missing teeth.

What are the dangers of gum disease to pets?

Like humans, gum (or periodontal) disease can result in losing teeth. If left untreated, it can also lead to more serious diseases in other parts of the body. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that is not removed from the teeth. This bacteria can get into your pet’s bloodstream. When this happens, the bacteria will travel to other organs, including the heart, kidneys, and liver. This can cause serious infections. This is why it is so important to take care of your pet’s teeth by scheduling an annual appointment for a professional dental cleaning.

Take advantage of our special for Pet Dental Health Month this February. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital for a free Dental Exam or to schedule an appointment for a professional pet dental cleaning this month and save 15 percent!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, we’d like to give 15% off all dental cleanings. When was the last time you checked Fido or Fluffy’s pearly (or not-so-pearly) whites or took them to the vet for a dental exam? The majority of people consider brushing their teeth part of a healthy daily routine, but most don’t give nearly the same attention to routine dental care for their dogs and cats. Many pet owners may not realize just how crucial oral care is for their four-legged friends. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), an organization dedicated to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three.

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Dental Disease Can Be Deadly

Preventive dental care can help prevent severe health problems. Many pet owners seem to de-prioritize their fuzzy friends’ dental care. Dental care is key in maintaining a pet’s overall health. Bacteria in your pet’s mouth can get into his/her bloodstream and permeate different organs, causing infections that can potentially cause death. The AVMA reports the organs most often affected by oral diseases are the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, and even the nervous system.

Dental Care is Simple

Pet owners can brush up on their four-legged friends’ oral care by following three simple guidelines outlined by the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS):

  1. Take your pet to get a dental exam. Your pet should have a routine vet exam, including a careful examination of his/her teeth and gums, at least once a year.
  2. Start an at-home regimen. Ask your vet to suggest nutritional supplements and a regular teeth brushing schedule or a specially formulated food proven to help remove plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth.
  3. Schedule dental cleanings. Take your pet for regular dental checkups.

With regular dental care from your vet followed by maintenance at home, you can prevent dental disease in your pets before it becomes a serious problem.

Know What’s Going on With Your Pets

Have you looked at the inside of your pet’s mouth lately? Does your pet’s mouth smell bad? Have you noticed any problems with your pet eating hard food or treats? Is your pet 3 years old or older? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s a strong change that your pet needs a teeth cleaning. Over 75% of pets in the U.S. over 3 years of age (or younger with toy breeds) have some degree of dental disease. If your pet is current on his/her yearly exams but you want to find it he/she has any dental disease, you can schedule a dental evaluation with your vet. If your pet isn’t current on his/her yearly exams, please call your vet as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Here at 5 Points Animal Hospital, we can help you improve your pet’s oral health. Remember, in honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, all dental cleanings are 15% off for the month of February. Caring for your pet’s teeth and gums can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! We provide dental service for all of our patients, including:

  • A free dental exam every 6 months
  • Routine dental cleanings
  • Periodontal therapies
  • Extractions

For more information about our dental care services, give us a call at (615) 750-2377 or click here to fill out our online contact form.

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