Prevent disease and keep your pet’s teeth healthy with a dental cleaning

We’re starting the countdown to the official first day of spring with some cleaning ideas of our own to get you and your pet ready to celebrate the fresh air and warmer weather!

Speaking of fresh, is that how you would describe your pet’s breath?  Unfortunately, your pet’s stinky breath may not just be the result of eating a smelly dinner or treat.  In fact, bad breath can be a sign of serious dental problems.

Here are the top 5 most common symptoms of dental disease in pets:

  1. Bad breath
  2. Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  3. Loose teeth
  4. Reluctance or difficulty eating
  5. The build up of yellowish-brown plaque-like deposits and tartar on the teeth
greg pet's teeth

ARL adoptable Greg is smiling for spring! Come meet him at our Boston shelter.

Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can build up on your pet’s teeth, causing bad breath, gingivitis, tooth loss, and infections. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three.

Same as for people, the best way to prevent dental problems in your pet is to have regular dental cleanings and brush their teeth.  To inspire a Spring dental cleaning, our Boston Veterinary Care clinic is offering 25% off dental cleanings this month.

Learn more about 25% off dental cleaning promotion

The veterinarians at Boston Veterinary Care suggest routine at-home dental care should include daily teeth brushing and adding a dental diet to food.  In their experience, most dogs and cats will learn to sit for dental brushing when properly trained and encouraged.  Choose a toothpaste made for pets- human toothpaste cannot be used on pets because of the fluoride and/or sweeteners in them – in animal-favorite flavors such as beef, poultry, and fish.

So talk to your veterinarian today about a dental cleaning and make your pet’s teeth sparkle in the sun this Spring!

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Who’s the fuzzy man smiling in the picture at the top of this page?  That’s ARL adoptable Bear who is rarely seen without a smile!  Come meet him at our Boston shelter.