Dental Health Month is Almost Here
Good oral health is more than just a pretty smile.
Poor dental hygiene can put both your pet’s health and your pocket book at risk. “Dog breath” – or a cat with a foul-smelling mouth – can be a sign of untreated dental conditions. If left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for greater problems such as periodontitis or heart disease.
Did you know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by the age of 3, and this will only worsen if effective preventive measures aren’t taken. Preventive care can help protect your pet and catch problems before they become more serious.
Routine cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease and save money in the long run. A 2014 analysis conducted by Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. showed that the average cost per pet to prevent dental disease is just one-third of the average cost of treating dental disease.
More importantly, a complete oral examination can detect hidden health problems. Even if your pet’s breath smells fine, there still could be dental conditions that are hard to spot without a complete veterinary exam.
During the month of February we will be promoting dental health. Call us for an appointment if your pet hasn’t had a dental exam this year; don’t wait to improve your pet’s oral health. We will be offering 10% off of dental prophylaxis procedures during the month of February. This includes a thorough oral exam under anesthesia, a dental cleaning and polishing, and dental charting. We will also be offering 20% off of all dental products including treats and chews, prescription dental diets, and rinses. Brushing is the single most effective way to prevent dental disease from developing as well as recurring after a dental cleaning. Please ask us about oral home care options that would be the most beneficial for your pet.
In The Community
Please join Dr. Crosier at the Appoquinimink Public Library this Wednesday evening, January 23rd, for an informative session on Basic Pet Care. Whether you currently have a pet or are thinking about adding a pet to your household, this session is for you. All ages welcome. Information about the program can be found on the following link.
Fun in the Kitchen
Looking to create a fun dog treat at home? Here is a simple recipe for a dog biscuit your pet is sure to love.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 large egg
1/3 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 beef bouillon cube dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
1 Tbsp brown sugar
- Combine all ingredients in large bowl, using only enough of the water to make a ball
- Knead dough for 2 minutes on floured surface
- Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness
- Cut into desired shapes and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet
- Bake for 30 min or until golden brown
- Cool completely on a wire rack.
Accepting New Patients
One of the best compliments that we can receive is the personal referral of your friends and family. If you have had a positive visit with us, please take the time to share your experience with others. There are several easy ways that you can help spread the word about Companion Animal Veterinary Associates.
On Facebook: http://facebook.com/CAVAvet
- Check in when you arrive for a visit
- Leave a review or recommendation
- Like and follow our page
On Google: Search for our business and leave a review
On Yelp: Search for our business and leave a review
Brushing is Best!