Give Your Pet Something to Smile About!

February is, among other things, Pet Dental Health Month! Have you had your pet’s teeth cleaned recently?

Preventive oral care is necessary for pets and can save pet owners a bundle. In 2012, the average claim amount for pet teeth cleaning was $166; the average claim amount for treating dental-related disease was $227. Periodontal disease accounted for more than 22,000 dental claims last year, and tooth infections totaled more than 7,700. Infections of the teeth are typically the result of untreated tooth decay, cracked or fractured teeth, or severe periodontal disease.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three. Pet owners should have their pets’ oral health evaluated bi-annually by a veterinarian. Between regular veterinary examinations, pet owners should look for the warning signs, such as:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose or discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
  • Pet not comfortable with owner touching within the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss

Let Willard Vet take a look at your pet’s pearly whites! Contact us today!

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