It’s National Pet Dental Health Month!

What can add 2 to 5 years to our pets’ lifespan if properly taken care of?     

Ready for the answer?    Let’s see if you guessed correctly.    Just by simply taking care of our furry friend’s teeth alone can add 2 to 5 years to their lifespan!    That’s amazing!

So what can happen if we don’t care of their oral health?     Well, for one they can get some stinky breath.  Eww!!   Our pets, especially our cats, are so good at masking pain so they might have a horribly infected tooth or their gums can be red and inflamed and they won’t show any signs…well except for maybe some stinky breath!   

I was reading an article and it says that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 have some sort of periodontal disease!    That’s TOO young and way TOO many dogs!   That’s just plain crazy to me!

Do you know that not only will you have a pet with fresh breath by keeping up on their oral health but you will also be keeping up on their all around health.   “Some veterinary research suggests that periodontal disease in pets is linked with diseases of the organs, too, particularly in the liver, kidneys, and heart. Loose teeth may also be signs of a pet emergency, as this can be very painful for the animal and indicate larger problems with their physical health.”

Today I took my two youngest cats to the vet for a yearly check up and to see if they were in need of a dental.    Maggie and Frankie seemed to really enjoy their time at the vet and didn’t seem upset about being there at all.  Of course,  we absolutely love our vet and our pets do too!   We go to Brekke Vet Clinic in Castle Pines, CO.   Dr. Jay Brekke is our favorite vet, he is so great with the animals, great at diagnosing and very open to integrative/natural medicine.   

So good news, Maggie and Frankie did great for the physical exam and everything appears to be working as it should be.    The bad news is they are both in need of a dental but we kind of knew that.  We have scheduled their dentals for the end of the month and while we were there today they got blood drawn (senior panel for Frankie and regular adult panel for Maggie, WAIT!!  WHAT??  Frankie is a senior!?!?!) to make sure their organs are all functioning as they should be before going under anesthesia. We will post an update on these two love bugs after their dentals.

REMEMBER, it’s National Pet Dental Health Month and a lot of vets are offering discounts on dental services this month.   We saved $50 on each cat, that’s $100 savings! So get your fur babies in for an oral exam today and take this Baby Step to being proactive in your pets health!