Imagine never brushing your teeth. Apart from the apparent bad breath, over time your gums would become enflamed and pull away from your teeth which can lead to bone loss, tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss. Sounds horrible and painful, right? I know you’d never wish this upon your loved ones … even your beloved pets. You can easily prevent this from happening to your pets through regular dental cleanings. Lifetime Small Animal Hospital
, in Cody, WY
understands that dental health is a very important part of your pet’s
overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by other health
problems. They stress your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least
once a year by a veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to
keep their mouths healthy.
Lifetime Small Animal Hospital offers FREE dog and cat dental exams
throughout the year. A veterinarian or certified veterinary technician will
examine your pet’s mouth, teeth and gums. Discuss any observations of
recent problems, such as bad breath, broken or loose teeth, discolored
teeth, reduced appetite, or pain in or around the mouth. A comprehensive
dental cleaning or treatment may be recommended.
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*Dr. Malcolm Blessing and his 7 year old Akita dog Kazi*
A comprehensive veterinary dental cleaning typically includes the
following, without any pain or discomfort to your pet:
- A complete oral exam and x-rays (recommended) to identify any problems
beneath the gum-line. (X-rays are similar to what you might receive from
your own dentist.) Common painful problems that could be identified with
radiographs are broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, dead teeth,
abscesses or infected teeth.
- A blood draw (recommended) for analysis to identify any potential
problems that the doctor needs to be aware of and to determine if the pet
is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.
- A full cleaning under the gum-line where periodontal disease lurks. It
would be impossible to clean this area on an awake dog or cat, but this is
where periodontal disease begins with bacteria ‘living’ below the gum
- Professional scaling and polishing of the crown, or visible part of
your dog or cat’s teeth. A veterinary cleaning does require scaling or
scraping the tooth to remove plaque and calculus. Scaling is completed to
remove plaque and tartar build-up on the tooth crown. Last, the teeth are
polished leaving a completely smooth surface of the tooth which discourages
plaque and bacteria from adhering to the rough tooth surface.
Throughout the month of February, Lifetime Small Animal Hospital will offer
a 10% DISCOUNT on all dental cleanings, treatments and dental products.
Upon completion of the dental cleaning or treatment, clients will also
receive a complimentary bags of Hill’s T/D
pet, a $20.00 value. (T/D when offered as a daily food or occasional treat
is clinically proven to reduce plaque, stain, & tartar buildup. Owners will
also receive a pet dental report card, complete with photos of their pet’s
teeth, what work was completed, and follow-up recommendations to keep their
pet’s mouth healthy.
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*Dr. Becky Prior and her husband Jim Prior.*
Drs. Becky Prior & Malcolm Blessing urge you to make a reservation to get
your pet scheduled for a regular dental exam or cleaning. Remember,
Lifetime Small Animal Hospital offers FREE dental exams throughout the
year, but the 10% DISCOUNT of cleanings, treatments and products is only
offered in the month of February.
Dr. Becky Prior says, “Our hospital motto states, ‘We’re helping your pets
be their best for a lifetime’ and dental health is huge part of their
well-being. Let us help your pet. Our dental month appointments fill up
quickly, so please contact us early to schedule an appointment."
To schedule an appointment, please call 307-587-4324.
*Feature Image: Miss Emma, patient of Lifetime Small Animal Hospital*
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