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Dog Dental Care: Do It In February

Updated: Feb 17, 2018

My dog Scout is having her teeth cleaned Tuesday. Scout loves car trips and doesn’t mind visiting the vet, so this trip should be no big deal. Except that teeth cleaning requires sedation, and having one of my dogs under sedation is always a bit nerve-wracking for me. Making it worse is that I will be all the way in another State while she’s under.

Periodontal disease is the most common medical condition affecting adult pets.#petperiodontaldisease It attacks the gum and bones that hold dog’s teeth in place. It’s caused by sneaky, invisible bacteria that spreads along the gum line. Periodontal disease is usually painful and almost always preventable.

According to Dr. Brodbelt, board-certified anesthesiologist, 99.85% of pet patients survive anesthesia and sedation. Clearly, periodontal disease is the greater danger. So Scout is going under…

While Scout’s getting her teeth cleaned from any lurking bacteria, her vet will examine each tooth, checking for signs of decay. By checking her mouth on an annual basis, the vet is able to monitor change, keeping her mouth clean and healthy mouth.

Scout will continue to have kissable fresh breath and we’ll be able to catch & correct any toothaches or organ-damaging bacteria, which in turn can lead to a happier, healthier, longer life for Scout.

With strides made in pet medicine and owner education, dog anesthesia practice has become pretty darn safe. Scout deserves the best care I can give her and with February being Pet Dental Health Month, this is the perfect time to polish her pearlies.

Visit petMD.com for more information on pet dental care and answers to other questions you may have about your dog.#doghealth

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