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Five pet dental myths about your dog or cat.

Because humans have tended to pets for centuries, a tendency to ‘know what’s best for our pet’ has flourished, carrying with it certain myths about our pets’ health. The vet dentists at Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals have heard them all – and frankly, they ARE myths, as they do not hold much modern truths.

Here are some of the myths our vets have heard about the health and dental well-being of pets:

MYTH: My pet is not crying, so he can’t be in pain

FACT: Actually, the majority of pets will not cry, whimper or act painful at all. In most cases, when an animal is in pain, pet owners will not have any indication of any distress. However, a marked improvement in pets’ well-being comes about AFTER treatment for dental disease.vet dentist, glendale pet dentist, mesa pet dental

MYTH: My pet is still eating, so he doesn’t need dental care

FACT: Most animals will continue to eat even with sore mouths and painful dental disease. That is part of their instinctual behavior. But instead of chewing, most pets will simply gulp food instead of chewing, similarly to how humans might eat with a painful mouth disease.

MYTH: My pet is old, bad teeth is what happens to older pets

FACT: Older pets can have perfectly fine teeth. Old age is not a disease. Having bad teeth is a result of plaque and tartar buildup due to missed dental checkups, with additional problems caused by possible abscessed teeth, infections or worse.

MYTH: My pet has bad breath, but that’s normal for cats and dogs

FACT: Bad breath is caused by poor pet dental health
, dental disease or more, not by species. If you smell bad breath on your pet, that’s a very strong indicator that something in their mouth is abnormal and should be checked by a veterinarian.

Forget the myths, follow the facts. Contact your local Arizona veterinarian at www.Arizonapetvet.com and get your pet’s dental care back on track. And if you come in before December 31, you can save $50 on your pet’s dental cleaning with the printable coupon on the website.

Five warning signs for dog dental health – brush their teeth!

Humans very naturally take care of their teeth. Next to drinking water, brushing our teeth is probably the next most regular thing we do. But who takes care of our dogs’ teeth? And how often? Sadly, for pets, the answer is generally “not often enough”.

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Our group of veterinarian doctors has banded together as the Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals, with a new website at www.Arizonapetvet.com to highlight the dangers in lack of proper dog dental health care for animal owners. Here are some warning signs you should be on the lookout for in checking dogs’ teeth:

Warning signs:

  • Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when mouth or gums are touched, or when pet is eating
  • Decreased appetite, due to reason above
  • Loose or missing teeth

The opportunity to help desert pet owners has never been greater and these Phoenix pet dentist want to make sure their pets get as much dental care as themselves. Without proper dental care, pets have increased chances of mouth-borne illnesses.

Dental disease is more than just stinky breath! When detected and diagnosed in the early stages, treatment is much more effective at preventing pain, decreases chance of tooth loss and cost is significantly decreased.

Start your pet’s dental care today with www.Arizonapetvet.com.

Keep up with your dogs dental health.

Happy Valley Animal Hospital’s Dr. Victor Saltzman explains that about 50% of pets that come in their Glendale pet dental & veterinary clinic have dental disease. About 80% of the time the dog dental disease cannot be seen from just a regular exam.

Without proper dog dental cleaning or chewing the bacteria-filled tarter turns into a hard cement-like material coating your dogs teeth. The bacteria then gets under their gums and can causes abscesses. Additionally, the bacteria can get into your pets bloodstream and cause problems with their internal organs, which could reduce your pets life by up to 25 percent.

The good news is that you can help to prevent pet dental disease with proper canine dental cleaning at your local Arizona pet dental and veterinary clinic.

Dog dental disease is no barking matter!

You love your pets. You buy them the best quality food for their nutritional needs, exercise them for fun and enjoyment, and enjoy the companionship that they provide. You do everything you should as a responsible pet owner. Right? Not always.

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One of the most overlooked areas of pet care is veterinary dental care of your dogs and cats. Like ourselves, your animals need professional teeth cleaning on a routine basis. In fact, most veterinarians recommend brushing your animal’s teeth and gums at east twice a week! How many of us are guilty of NOT doing that? Depending on the condition of your pet’s teeth, professional cleaning is recommended every 6 to 18 months.

Lack of brushing your pet’s teeth regularly can lead to other oral health issues, like periodontal disease, a common gum infection found in pets. It’s estimated that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease.

An animal’s mouth is very similar to ours. Their teeth are subject to the same problems that we can have, such as abscesses, receding gum lines, bone loss, gingivitis, rotten teeth and periodontal disease. When dental health is not addressed, eventually an animal will need things like root canal surgery and extractions. In severe cases, the bacteria and infection in the mouth will spread to the bloodstream, causing problems in the rest of the body, like the liver, kidneys and heart. In the worst cases, these problems will lead to a shorter life span.

Unfortunately, in our fast-paced lifestyle, regular dental brushings and checkups for our pets is a practice that often gets ignored or forgotten. And on top of it, soaring insurance costs coupled with a crippled economy has left many pet owners with minimal funds for their pet’s dental health needs. It’s become so critical that the American Veterinary Medical Association has declared February its National Pet Dental Health Month.

In Arizona, a group of Valley veterinarians have come together under the Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals banner to help bring about awareness to our dogs’ dental care. All the veterinarians in the group are committed to helping pet owners become more aware and learn the responsibility of taking care of their dogs’ dental needs.

“Sadly, most pets we see for regular physicals also show signs of dental negligence and in some cases, gingivitis,” says Dr. Roger Willms of Glendale, AZ’s Arrow Animal Hospital. “In day-to-day living, dog owners simply have a hard time keeping up with brushing their pet’s teeth. But it’s a major cause of concern. You really have to brush your pet’s teeth at least twice a week to make a difference. Otherwise, you’re not really preventing anything. Our pets need good dental care just as the rest of us do.”

Dr. Willms recommends a few tips to pet owners.

1) Bring your pet to the vet! Don’t wait for an annual checkup if you’re detect bad breath or see infected gums on your pet.

2) Start brushing your pet’s teeth at home and supplement their diet with specially formulated pet foods that assist in limiting plaque and tartar buildup. Look for products that have the ‘Seal of Acceptance’ from the Veterinary Oral Health Council, an organization initiated by the American Veterinary Dental Society to guide consumers. These products meet the standards for limiting plaque and tartar control in dogs and cats.

3) Be regular with your veterinary checkups for your pets. You would do the same for your childrens’ doctor visits, so do the same with your pets. Your veterinarian can monitor the progress of your pet’s dental health routine, and make individual recommendations.

Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals and its 16 affiliated animal hospitals in the Phoenix area are dedicated to the highest care of dogs, cats, and small animals. The doctors are highly-trained in the care of animals, and have undergone extensive training for the dental care of dogs and cats. If you’ve not made a veterinary dental visit recently, contact ArizonaPetVet.com and see one of the doctors from the Arrow Group of Animal Hospitals for all your pet needs.