Text Box: 	Once again this year we celebrate Pet Dental Health month in February.  (See below for special savings on dental care during this time!).  Did you know that oral disease, including dental tarter and calculus, fractured or abscessed teeth, and gingivitis are one of the most common diseases seen in our practice?  In addition, this is one of the problems most likely to be missed by the owner.  This month we encourage you to “Flip the lip” of your dog or cat and look at your pet’s teeth and gums.  The teeth should be white and clean, with no brown staining or buildup (tarter and calculus).  The gums should be bright shiny pink and smooth.  Indications of gum disease include redness around the teeth;  irregular or rough appearance, darker pink or red color, and oozing 

Text Box:  and bleeding.  There should be minimal breath odor.	Regular dental care is very important to your pet’s health.  Dental disease can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream resulting in secondary kidney, heart and lung issues.   Dental disease is also a significant source of pain for our pets.  Can you imagine living with an infected or broken tooth for years?  Yet Text Box: this is what occurs with many of our patients if their owners do not appreciate the importance of dental care. 
	A good dental health program begins with home care.  See inside for more details on how to help prevent or delay dental disease at home. 	
	Once dental disease is present in the mouth, generally professional attention is needed.  In most cases we sedate the pet, clean and polish the teeth including cleaning beneath the gums, and often apply fluoride or sealers.  Diseased teeth may need extraction or repair. Proper dental care is one of the most important things you can do to improve your pet’s quality of life and keep them healthy and happy longer.  Schedule your dental appointment today!

Text Box: “Flip the Lip”- February is Pet Dental Health Month!
Text Box: Special savings on dental care
Text Box: 	During February we offer a 15% discount on dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning).  This includes anesthesia, monitoring, dental cleaning and polishing, and fluoride treatment.  Extractions and additional medications are not included.  All pets who have a dental done during the month of Feb Text Box: will also receive a free home dental care kit.  
	Because many of our dental patients are geriatric, we recommend pre-anesthetic bloodwork to help identify any underlying health issues.  For the month of February we will also offer the 15% discount on pre-op geriatric profiles for pets 
Text Box: scheduled for dental procedures.  This bloodwork needs to be done at least 48 hour prior to the procedure.  If your pet has not been examined recently, we may need to do a physical prior to the procedure as well.
	Remember to schedule BEFORE FEB 28 to take advantage of the

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