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February 2018

The Importance of Dental Health

By Dr. Elizabeth Hodges

Dental (periodontal) disease is the most common health problem in pets. In many instances, the changes associated with dental disease go unnoticed. Pets may continue to eat and chew normally while coping with an underlying dental problem. Plaque and tartar accumulation can cause bad breath, gum disease, pain, and can increase the risk of an infection that may affect other organs in the body -and that is just what we can tell from the outside.

At South Side Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to the health and well being of your pet. By having a complete oral health assessment and treatment we can not only clean the teeth, but take x rays, and fully examine them above and below the gums allowing for early detection and prevention of further dental disease, screening for oral cancers, and ultimately a better quality of life. To this end, in celebration of the "dental difference month" of February, we are offering a 10% discount on dental services following a health examination and presurgical bloodwork.

Prevention is the best approach to dental care, so following a dental cleaning we are also offering a complimentary bag of Medi-Cal Royal Canin Dental Formula or Hill’s TD. Both of these foods have been through clinical trials showing that they help slow or even prevent dental disease and are approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). We will also provide you with a handout of other VOHC approved products to enable you to find the right solution for you and your pet.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please call us at (780) 434-6462.