When you think of your pet’s health, do you think of pet dentals? You should be! Pet dentistry is an important part of taking care of your pet’s overall health and well-being. Not only can bacteria and infections in your pet’s mouth be extremely painful for them, your pet’s organs like his heart, lungs and kidneys can all be negatively affected by an unhealthy mouth. 

   How do you know if your pet is having dental problems? Foul breath, inflamed gums, and loose teeth can all be warning signs that your pet has dental disease. (source: Petmd.com) Dental disease is extremely common among dogs and cats. In fact, more dogs and cats will have oral disease in their lifetime than those that will not. Let’s change this!

   At home, be sure you are brushing your pet’s teeth regularly. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends brushing your pet’s teeth two or three times each week along with performing an at-home oral wellness check once each week. 

   To perform an oral wellness check on your pet, lift up your pet’s lips and check the color of their gums. They should be pink and the teeth should be clean with no brown coloring. 

   The final step you can take to ensure optimal oral health for your pet is regular visits to see us at Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services. We are here to help you keep your pet feeling great! Now through the end of March, we are offering 10% off of all pet dental visits. Call and schedule soon, as we have a limited number of appointments available.

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