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Posted on 02-23-2018

February Is Pet Dental Month

As a pet owner, you understand the importance of keeping up with your pet's vaccinations and making sure your furry friend if getting the proper nutrition, but did you know that keeping up with their dental health is just as important? Since February is Pet Dental Month, it's the perfect time to bring your pet into Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital and get their teeth checked.

Kitten getting a dental check.

Pet Dental Exams

When you bring your pet in for a pet dental exam, our veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish will thoroughly examine your pet's teeth, gums, and entire mouth. During a pet dental exam, our veterinarian will also take a brief medical history and ask if you have noticed any of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Loose or discolored teeth
  • Loss of appetite or difficulty eating

These symptoms may indicate periodontal disease, gingivitis, or an abscessed tooth. Our veterinarian will check for any lumps or abnormal growths in or around the mouth, which could indicate oral cancer. Your pet will also receive a dental cleaning in order to remove damaging plaque and tartar buildup.

The Importance of Pet Dental Exams

Preventing periodontal disease is just one of the many reasons that pet dental exams are so important. Most pet owners will not know their pet has this condition until it is too late. By taking your pet in for their annual dental exam, our veterinarian will be able to detect the early onset of gum disease.

If periodontal disease is not diagnosed and treated in a timely matter, it could have serious repercussions for your pet. The bacteria in their mouth can travel to other organs in the body plus it can cause tooth decay and pain, making it hard for your pet to eat and stay healthy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about your pet's oral health or you need to schedule a dental exam for your pet, contact Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital at 941-366-1222. To make it more convenient to care for your pets, we have two locations including Sarasota and Parrish.

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