February is Dental Health Month for Pets Too

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Austin's Pet and Bird Clincs reminds pet owners that Dental Health Month also applies to pets and to look after their pet's oral health too

Dogs and cats need dental care.

Dogs and cats need dental care.

Lack of proper dental care for a favorite dog or cat can lead to unlooked for future health problems for the animals and added expense for the owners. Most pets show signs of dental trouble by the age of three.

February is commonly associated with National Children's Dental Health Month across the United States. However dental health applies also very much to the millions of dogs and cats across the country and their owners. The Pet and Bird Clinics of Austin are taking the opportunity of Dental Health Month to remind pet owners to look after their dog or cat's teeth as well.

Lack of proper dental care for a favorite dog or cat can lead to unlooked for future health problems for the animals and added expense for the owners. Most pets show signs of dental trouble by the age of three. Initial symptoms are generally bad breath and excessive drooling. When the problems become worse, a pet may suffer in silence or show acute pain while eating or even act depressed and seem to be aging prematurely.

To provide information on proper dental care at home for a pet dog, the Pet and Bird Clinics have posted an article on dental care this week to their website. Entitled "6 Dental Care for Dogs Tips," it explains how to get a dog used to getting their teeth regularly brushed to prevent an onset of dental problems.

The best prevention however is a regular dental cleaning with a veterinarian. For most pets, this consists of having the plaque and tartar removed on both the surface of the teeth and below the gum line. Done on an annual or semi-annual basis, it helps ensure that the dog or cat will maintain its oral health.

For Dental Health Month, Pet and Bird Clinics are offering a 20% discount on dog or cat dental cleanings. The offer will expire on February 28th.

Keeping a pet’s teeth clean and their mouth free of infection will increase their quality of life which could lead to a longer life.

For more information or questions on pet dental health, contact the Pet and Bird Clinics of Austin. There are two clinics in Austin.

Wells Branch Pet & Bird Clinic
12202 Mo-Pac Expressway
Austin, TX 78758
512-339-8472

South Branch Pet & Bird Clinic
403 E. Ben White Ste. F
Austin, TX 78704
512-462-0002

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