Text Box: 	As our clients have come to expect, we once again are celebrating Pet Dental Health month in February.  Each year we take advantage of this time to stress the importance of dental care in our petsí overall health.  Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see on a daily basis;  in pets over two years old as many as 80% may have some degree of dental pathology.  Not only does this affect overall health, it also has a big impact on your relationship with your pet.  Who wants kisses from someone with awful breath?
     Look in your petís mouth;  a healthy mouth has shiny white teeth with no tartar or calculus buildup;  medium pink gums with no oozing or discharge, and minimal breath odor.  Heavy buildup, dark pink or red  
Text Box:  gums, oozing, bleeding and odor all are indicators of problems.  Most pets start to have some buildup of calculus on the teeth around two to three years of age.  In toy breeds, it can happen even earlier.  In addition, some pets never lose all of their baby Text Box: teeth.  Left untreated, this can cause bite problems or trap debris between the adult tooth and the baby tooth, causing decay to develop.
     Proper dental care involves choosing an appropriate diet, treats, and chew toys;  brushing teeth at home;  and periodic professional cleanings.  At the time the teeth are cleaned, we address any infected or broken teeth which may need to be extracted.
     During February we offer special savings on our dental services (see article below).  Now is the perfect time to set up an appointment to address your petsí dental needs.  A valentineís kiss from your pet will be so much nicer!  
Text Box: 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 29 to take advantage of the

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