Today is the 1st of February which marks the start of Pet Dental Health Month! 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of periodontal disease by the time they’re 3 years old. There are plenty of things you can do as a pet owner such as brushing their teeth, feeding them a dental diet, dental chews/treats and/or drops/mouthwashes.
Signs of dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Yellow-brown crust on teeth
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Change in chewing or eating habits
- Pawing at the mouth or face
- Loose, broken or abscessed teeth
- Abnormal drooling
If left untreated, oral disease can lead to serious consequences for your pet, including pain, bad breath and tooth loss. Chronic infections can even spread to the major organs, where they can seriously compromise your pet’s health.
For the month of February, if your pet has a dental done at the Belmont Veterinary Services, you can get 15% off* and your pet will go home with a free dental kit including a sample of poultry-flavoured toothpaste, toothbrush, a sample of Hill’s Prescription T/D diet and lots of interesting reading material on how you can ensure your pet’s dental health. So call today!
*The cost of medication, pre-anesthetic blood work, microchipping, IV fluids and extractions is extra.