February is National Pet Dental Health Month

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Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic wants to help pet owners with their pets’ dental health, during National Pet Dental Health Month.

Have you cleaned your pet's teeth today?

It is that time of year again. February is National Pet Dental Health month. Although there is a focus on dental care education in February, caring for pets’ teeth every day is what will help them live a longer, healthier life. Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic is helping pet owners become aware of their pet’s dental health.

By age three, approximately 80% of dogs and 75% of cats have developed periodontal disease. Plaque buildup that is not removed on a regular basis hardens into tartar. Tartar buildup below the gum line causes inflammation of the gum tissue (gingivitis) and the lining of the tooth socket (periodontitis). Periodontal disease is an infection that, left untreated, can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss, as well as spread into the bloodstream potentially causing kidney, liver and heart problems.
Fortunately, with regular dental care, gingivitis and periodontal disease can be prevented.

Most owners may be thinking, “brush my pets’ teeth? I didn’t know that was possible” or “my pet would never let me do that”. Although nothing can take the place of brushing, there are many products available to make caring for pets’ teeth easier.
Some of the products available are enzymatic chews, dental bones, food specially formulated to scrape the tartar off the teeth, pre-moistened pads to wipe the teeth, additives to mix in drinking water and of course pet toothpaste and brushes.

If pet owners decide to try brushing, it is important to be patient with pets and to keep trying. Gradually getting pets used to brushing can be done by doing a few teeth each day. Be sure to use products approved for use in pets. There are different flavors of pet toothpaste available so don’t give up trying with resistant pets. In being committed to dental health, pet owners will be doing their pets a favor and helping them to live a longer, healthier life.

Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic is offering $10 off a canine or feline dental cleaning or a dental evaluation exam.

<br>About the company:<br>Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic is a full service veterinarian providing medical, surgical and dental care in a compassionate, caring manner with a personal touch. Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic is a staple in the Mid-Coast Maine area and has been proudly serving residents of Damariscotta for over 50 years.

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