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Posted on 02-09-2016

The way the world is constantly changing never ceases to amaze me. Constant new discoveries in human medicine as well as veterinary medicine are happening every day. Dental health is no exception. Growing up I never remember my parents saying anything about my cat or dog needing dental cleaning, in fact I would not be surprised if they laughed at the thought! However, today things are different. We now know that dental health is very important for our furry friends overall well being. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) dental health problems can lead to serious systemic conditions.  The president of the AVMA, Dr.  Douglas Aspros, states “an untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs, and suddenly become life threatening.”  Our pet’s dental health is important! To get your best friend on track with a clean mouth, you should start with an oral exam. The veterinarian can examine your pet’s mouth and work with you to come up with a plan to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. At Biddeford Animal Hospital we are promoting dental health this month with a discount on dental cleanings. This is a great time to get your pet’s dental health on track. Do not hesitate to give us call for more information or to schedule an appointment.  I know it still seems a bit silly, brushing your pet’s teeth or thinking they need a professional cleaning, but times are changing. Dental health is just as important for our 4-legged friends as it for our 2 legged ones. 

-Rachel L.V.T.

AVMA, ​​During Pet Dental Health Month, the AVMA reminds pet owners that preventive dental care is always less expensive than oral catastrophes, www.avma.org,  Jan. 30, 2013

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