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February is Pet Dental Health Month - Free Dental X-Rays

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Posted on 01-25-2018

West Nashville pet owners – February is Pet Dental Health Month – Richland Animal Clinic is offering FREE dental x-rays with each dental cleaning appointment in February (a $75 value). Let Richland Animal Clinic help you keep your pet’s smile fresh & clean!

Dental x-rays allow us to see under your pet's gumline to see the extent of gum disease.

Does your pet have bad breath? Have you noticed pawing at the mouth? Does chewing seem painful?

These are signs of DENTAL DISEASE.  Besides BAD BREATH, dental disease:

* Releases bacteria in the bloodstream

* Increases risk for heart, liver and kidney disease

* Can cause severe pain and problems for your pet

Pets need regular dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life. Regular pet dental cleanings:

* Allow us to chart dental disease over time

* Means less time under anesthesia

* Reduce need for more advanced and expensive treatment in future

* Can add up to 2-4 years to your pet’s life

Dental disease is THE most common disease in dogs. Over 85% of cats and 92% of dogs over age 3 have periodontal disease. Don’t let your pet be a statistic. Schedule their dental cleaning appointment today – call 615-356-6534 today.

What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning?

Pets cannot eat after midnight the day of their surgery.

A thorough professional pet dental cleaning can only be accomplished while under general anesthesia. The anesthesia we use is safe for animals and your pet is monitored constantly while under anesthesia.

Prior to anesthesia, blood tests are performed to help uncover any hidden illnesses.

A professional pet dental cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis) removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. Your pet’s entire mouth health (teeth, tongue, gums and lips) will be examined and assessed.

Richland Animal Clinic offers dental digital radiographs (x-rays) which allows us to see under your pet’s gum line. With the majority of pet’s teeth and dental disease under the gums, using dental x-rays allows us to see the depth of the infection and impactions.

If an extraction (tooth pulling) is needed, we can do so safely with minimal discomfort to your pet during oral surgery. Our veterinarians will administer pain medications and antibiotics if necessary and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the incisions have healed.

What Can I Do to Take Care of My Pet’s Dental Health At Home?

While dry kibble is better at cleaning the teeth than the alternative canned foods, it is not the best way to prevent tartar build up. Chewing on bones can help to clean the teeth but regular brushing at home is the best way to consistently clean teeth.

Pet toothbrushes, pastes, dental chews and dental treats and other pet dental products can be purchased via Richland Animal Clini's online pet supply store

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