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Posted on 01-20-2016

February is Pet Dental Month

This year, like in years past, the American Veterinary Medical Association will sponsor National Pet Dental Health Month in February. Pet dental care may seem like a secondary concern when it comes to your pet's health, but it can be a crucial tool in making sure your pet lives a long and healthy life. It's not all about taking care of bad dog breath or yellowed cat's teeth. Your veterinarian in Overland Park, the Nall Hills Animal Hospital, advises that you have your pet's teeth checked at least once a year during its wellness checkup.

Pet Dental Health with Your Overland Park Veterinarian

pet dentalPet dental disease is one of the most preventable problems your furry family member can have. It's just as important to keep your dog or cat's teeth clean as it is for you or your children. Dental chews can help your pet keep its teeth clean and help prevent tartar buildup, but you'll still need to brush or clean your pet's teeth on a regular basis. Our team can teach you the best ways for you to keep your pet's teeth clean without excess stress for either of you.

Dental health always begins with a veterinary dental exam. Our doctors will look for loose or discolored teeth, but will also check for bad breath and swollen or red gums. Dental problems can indicate other health troubles such as general infection. A dental exam is very important for your dog or cat's general wellness.

Your pet may need additional dental treatment in between its yearly checkups. Pets can't tell you when they're in pain or distress, so you have to watch for clues that tell you your pet is in trouble. If you see signs of extremely bad breath that's much worse than usual, a reluctance to eat its usual food, or excess tartar buildup, make an appointment with our office to have your pet examined. Our caring staff will be happy to make an appointment that fits in with your busy lifestyle in our office in Overland Park, KS.

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