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February: National Pet Dental Health Month

By Dr. Michelle Taylor, Great Plains SPCA Lead Veterinarian

Here at Great Plains SPCA, your pet’s total health and wellbeing is very important to us. Although dental health is important all year long, February has been declared “National Pet Dental Health Month.” We encourage pet owners to bring their dogs and cats to Great Plains SPCA to spruce up that smile for spring. Mention this blog, and you will receive 10% off your pet’s dental services.

Did you know that your pet’s oral health impacts their overall health? What may look like a little tarter or red gums could be much more serious. Left untreated, dental disease can negatively impact key organs such as the heart and lungs and can be painful for your furry friends. Let Great Plains SPCA help freshen your pet’s breath and keep your pet healthy. Here’s how!

Ever wonder what is involved in a dental procedure? Let us walk you through the steps of improved oral health.  First, pets receive a thorough physical examination by one of our staff veterinarians. Pre-operative blood work is recommended for all pets, but required for pets eight years or older. During the exam, we will assess your pet’s oral needs and develop a treatment plan along with an estimate for service.

Safety is a top priority at Great Plains SPCA! Therefore, on the day of the procedure, your pet will have an intravenous catheter placed to provide fluids during the procedure, which helps support blood pressure and kidney function while under anesthesia.  Anesthesia will be induced and the veterinarian will examine your pet’s teeth while under anesthesia, allowing us to detect disease in most teeth. From there, the technician will then clean your pet’s teeth above and below the gum line, while another technician monitors your pet under anesthesia. Diseased teeth may be extracted by our veterinarians, or referral to the Veterinary Dentist may be recommended.  Follow up care may include soft food for a week or more after the procedure, medications for pain control and antibiotics.

Read more from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), January 30, 2013.

Every pet who enters Great Plains SPCA’s Wellness Clinic receives high-quality, affordable care. We provide dental care Tuesday through Friday by appointment. You can make an appointment today by calling (913) 831-SPCA (7722).

We know you love your pet and want them to be healthy and happy. Let the dedicated staff at Great Plains SPCA help lead your pet to an improved plan of oral health – you will be happy you did!

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