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Celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month in February

Tuesday, January 26, 2016  
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PHOENIX – January 26, 2016 – A pet’s bad breath may be the first indicator of a significant health risk - periodontal disease.  The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AzVMA) recognizes National Pet Dental Health Month in February as an important reminder to schedule a dental checkup with your pet’s veterinarian. 

            Periodontal disease is the most commonly seen clinical condition in veterinary offices, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  By the age of three, many dogs and cats show signs of the disease.  As it progresses, it can cause tooth pain and loss, loss of appetite, liver disease, kidney failure, and infection that could be life-threatening. 

            “Educating our clients on professional dental care, and the important role it plays in the health of pets, cannot be overemphasized when we communicate with pet owners,” says Dr. Chris Visser, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC, of Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists of Glendale, Gilbert and Scottsdale.  Daily tooth brushing and providing safe chew toys will support good dental health.  Dental formula dry food is available for both cats and dogs.  When you schedule your own dental checkup, make an extra call to set your pet’s appointment as well.  It’s an easy way to ensure not only your pet's dental health, but its overall well-being by avoiding the serious issues that result from poor dental hygiene.

     Call the AzVMA at 602-242-7936 for more information.  The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association is a membership organization representing more than 2,000 veterinary professionals in the state of Arizona.


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