February is National Dental Health month. In observance of this Your Pet Space is adding a new service: Oral Treatments.
While most people brush their teeth twice a day, we tend to ignore the dental health of our pets. Oral care is essential to your pet’s well-being. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it’s completely preventable. 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show some signs of gum disease by the age of three. Dental disease can cause bad breath, discoloration, and may be painful for your pet. The effects can be much more severe such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. The bacteria caused by periodontal disease can spread to the internal organs. Poor dental hygiene is also linked to the development of heart disease, diabetes, liver abscesses, and other major health conditions.
We urge you to take your pet to your veterinarian for a dental check-up and cleaning. A vet needs to perform regular cleaning sessions to remove plaque below the gum line and in hard to reach areas. This process also allows for a thorough examination of your pet’s teeth and gums to check for developing issues.
Your Pet Space can help you manage your pet’s dental health with an oral treatment designed to gently remove plaque from the teeth.
The toothpaste we use is approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, and is free of fluoride, parabens, sulfates, and other ingredients that could be harmful to dogs. The active ingredient is Calprox which is proven to safely prevent plaque and fight bacteria leaving the teeth cleaner, the gums healthier, and the breath fresher.
Some dogs may need to get used to the routine of brushing, so our groomers will gently acclimate your dog to the brushing process. This may mean simply applying the plaque reducing agent with a swab until your dog is comfortable, and the great taste of the toothpaste will be a treat to your pet. The active agent in the toothpaste will help to remove plaque upon contact. As your pet gets used to having his or her teeth cleaned, we will switch to a traditional toothbrush to add mechanical plaque removal to the process.
While daily brushing of your pet’s teeth is ideal, it is recommended that the teeth be brushed at least three times a week, and we offer a deep discount for doing so.
Single Oral Treatment: $7.00
Three Oral Treatments in one week: $15.00
Call us today or let us know at checkin that you’d like to add this service!
By the way, in case you’re wondering about the dentists we recommend here in town for people, they are:
Dr. Kim Martin/University Dental (575) 521-0127 and Dr. Kristi Quan/Ben Archer Health Center (575) 541-5941.