National Pet Dental Health Month

National Dental Health Month ImageFebruary is National Pet Dental Health Month. People brush their teeth every day, and the same should be true of your pets. Only about 2 percent of dog owners actually follow through by putting brush and paste to teeth.

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center encourages all pet owners to focus on the importance of regular dental care for their pets. Good dental care contributes to overall well being and can help maintain your pet’s good health well into his or her older years.

The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Such disease is often indicated by bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and mouth, and depression.

Veterinarians have also noted that 65 percent of dogs with stage one periodontal disease often go untreated because veterinary health care teams do not recommend needed treatment options like dental exams, professional dental cleaning and dental x-rays. That means a relatively simple problem can become much more significant without early intervention

The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center is so committed to your pet’s dental health that we are opening our newly renovated dental suite. This new facility will enable us to provide leading-edge dental hygiene for your pets, from standard cleanings to more complex periodontal care.

At our Small Animal Dental Clinic, we provide the best quality services related to disease of the oral cavity, including prophylactic cleanings, oral examinations, treatment of fractured teeth, treatment of stomatitis and similar conditions as well as the treatment of periodontal disease,. The clinic is a state-of-the-art dental clinic for small animals, complete with modern anesthetic delivery systems, monitoring devices, and as well as leading-edge dental radiography and high-speed drill systems.

 We are also here to help you see how easy it is to make oral home care part of your pet’s routine as a way to prevent tooth decay.

We look forward to working with you to help keep your pet’s teeth as healthy as possible, because we all know that a healthy pet is a happy one.