February is Pet Dental HealthMonth

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This is the month of discounts for your favorite furbaby’s mouth.
The discounts are not as easy to find as they used to be, but ask your veterinary receptionist if they are running any specials in dental cleanings in February. So far I’ve received offers from 2 vets I’ve used in my area, as well as the vet I used in Phoenix. Values seem to range from $25-20% off your total bill. If you’ve been putting it off because it’s been cost-prohibitive, this has been the best time of the year to get your procedures done.

DrsFosterSmith.com is offering up to 50% off dental supplies for at home care today and tomorrow for both cats and dogs.

Oral health is a huge deal for me because I have a cat who is affected by dental disease. Amalie was taken in as a stray. When I saw the state of her mouth, I knew I had to take her to the veterinary hospital. She was diagnosed with FORLs, where the tooth dissolves from the inside out, and underneath the gum line. Even if the gums aren’t very irritated, a x-ray is very important to see the quality of the teeth, and which ones ultimately need to come out. Her teeth were caked in tartar, gums bleeding and recessed; I paid almost $1000 and had 5 teeth pulled, and was made aware she’d already had her tiny teeth in the front completely missing.

I try to take her in at least every 2 years for her cleaning and x-rays, and the last time we went in they only needed to extract just 1 tooth.

I even had to take my rescue dog in to get a bunch of work done during her first year with me. After they removed the tartar some teeth were so loose that the vet could just tug them for extraction. I was also made aware one of her molars were broken and had to be removed.

I would like to advise you that “anesthesia-free” dental cleanings advertised are more superficial than beneficial. You need to have your pet on controlled anesthesia so that the professionals can quickly and effectively work to remove plaque and tartar that has begun to accumulate beneath the gum line.

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