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Dentistry anyone? by Hank Severino

OK folks. Here's the deal. Your dogs and cats need dental care as much as we do. Over 60% of dogs and cats over 3 years old have some stage of periodontal disease. Small breed dogs are more prone then larger breed dogs. I have seen yorkies and other little ones already having tartar buildup at a year and a half. Imagine if you didn't brush your teeth for 6 years. Pretty gross. I know. Seeing asI'm the guy doing the cleanings. I know almost everyone is concerned with the anesthetic part of the procedure. Rather than go on and on about my anesthetic protocols, let me assure you that we here at tri state vet use the most up to date anesthetics. Keep in mind also that if your pet is in for a routine cleaning the procedure is generally straight forward, and your pet is not under for much more than a half hour or so. By putting off cleanings your pet's mouth gets worse. The worse it gets the longer your pet will need to be anesthetized. People always seem so suprised to hear that "fluffy" had to have X amount of teeth extracted. Well honestly, had the kept up with oral care "Fluffy" would still have all of her teeth. So do me a favor. Lift your dog or cats lip. Look at the front incisors. The little teeth between the "Fangs". There shoud be 6 on top and 6 on the bottom. Touch them. Are they loose?? I bet a lot of you will be suprised that they are. Now look at the teeth further back in the mouth. I'm talking about the upper forth premolar and first molar. Not sure which they are. Start at the canine tooth. Yes the "Fang". and count back 4 teeth. These usually have the worst buildup. It's very possible that your dog or cat is already missing teeth. Cat owners. Look at your cats teeth. Are they all nice and white? Probably not. Do you see red gums? Do you notice teeth missing or broken teeth? Do you notice "Cavities" that if you touch that tooth your kitty isn't very happy. If you take the time to check your pets mouth you may notice that it could use some work. Your pet will thank you. And "Fluffy's" breath won't remove the paint from the walls. If you think your pet needs a dental please call and set up an appointment to see me so that I can evaluate your pets mouth and discuss any treatment that might be needed. 
Just remember. If you ignore your teeth. They'll go away!

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