FORT COLLINS, CO--(Marketwire - Jan 22, 2013) - February is National Pet Dental Health Month and the veterinary experts at Laporte Animal Clinic are encouraging pet owners in northern Colorado to consider their pets' dental health as an important facet in their pets' overall care regimen. Laporte Animal Clinic is offering 10% off all teeth cleaning for dogs and cats. While many pet owners spend time and resources on walking, grooming, and properly feeding their pets, dental health is often overlooked.
It was recently reported by the American Veterinary Dental Society that gingivitis and periodontal disease in cats and dogs have become widespread and that more than 85 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by the age of 4. When food and bacteria build up in your pet's mouth it forms plaque and tartar which leads to gingivitis. If gingivitis is ignored it can then lead to even more serious dental problems like periodontal disease and tooth decay or even tooth loss. When bacteria from periodontal disease travels into your pet's bloodstream, important internal organs like the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, and nervous system can be negatively affected, and may even result in death.
If your dog or cat has stinky breath, it may actually signify a more serious health risk. The following symptoms are symptoms that can be remedied with teeth cleaning for dogs and cats:
- Bad breath
- Tartar buildup on teeth
- Swollen, receding, or bleeding gums
- Fractured or abscessed teeth
- Change in eating habits
If you notice any of these warning signs, take your pet to Laporte Animal Clinic, northern Colorado's premier veterinary clinic, immediately.
When it comes to dog and cat health, there are a number of preventative measures that you can take to prevent any oral health issues from forming in the first place.
1. See your veterinarian at least once a year for a dental exam
This will involve an examination of your pet's teeth and gums, as well as a teeth cleaning for dogs or cats, depending on your pet.
2. Start a dental care routine at home for your pet
An at-home pet dental care regimen usually involves regular brushing and feeding your pet a dental diet with the VOHC seal to help prevent accumulation of plaque, tartar, and calculus. Before starting an at-home dental care regimen for your pet, consult the veterinary experts at Laporte Animal Clinic.
3. Get regular veterinary clinic checkups to ensure proper oral health
Consistent veterinary checkups will not only keep your pet healthy, but any dental issues may also be identified and attended to during routine visits as well.
By paying attention to your pet's dental health and participating in National Pet Dental Health Month, you can be confident that you are providing your pet with the utmost of care, which makes everyone happy.
Located 15 minutes away from Old Town Fort Collins, Laporte Animal Clinic & Supply has been a northern Colorado staple since 1996 when doctors Andrew and Marta Dean founded the practice Their animal care center can treat dogs, cats, exotics, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses and conducts everything from physical examinations, spays and neuters and other soft tissue surgeries to dental care to X-rays. They are located at 3333 W. County Rd 54G in Laporte. For more information visit the veterinary clinic's website at www.laporteanimalclinic.com or call 970-490-1999.