PenBay Veterinary Associates Encourages Maine Pet Owners to Brush Up on Oral Health

January 10, 2013

Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Although daily tooth brushing is advised for dogs and cats, the reality is that only two percent of dog owners follow through. In addition, 65 percent of dogs with stage one periodontal disease often go untreated because veterinary health care teams do not recommend needed treatment options like dental exams and professional dental cleaning. This can lead to systemic health problems which can cause serious damage to other areas of the pet’s body.

PenBay Veterinary Associates is pleased to take an active role in the 2013 Pet Dental Health Campaign. To help pet owners in Midcoast, Maine, PenBay Veterinary Associates is offering a special on dental cleanings in from January 15 to March 31, 2013 to encourage their clients to schedule regular dental appointments for their pets and establish an at-home dental care routine.

“The mouth is the door to the rest of the body,” said Dr. Bjorn Lee. “At home care combined with annual dental cleanings by a veterinarian can add years to your pets life. This is the fith year we have participated in the Pet Dental Health Campaign. I am particularly excited this year since we can now offer digital dental X-rays. 50% of the tooth is below the gumline, and X-ray allows us to see the whole picture.”

PenBay Veterinary Associates also encourages their clients to understand that while February is the month designated to pet dental health awareness, ensuring proper dental care requires a yearlong commitment. Pet owners who take an active role in their pet’s dental health can help prevent periodontal disease and help ensure a healthy life for their canine and feline companions. To learn more about PenBay Vets Dental Special visit http://www.penbayvets.com/news/dental-special-february-national-pet-dental-health-month

PenBay Veterinary Associates is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Since 2005, we have regularly undergone evaluations by AAHA to ensure that we comply with the association’s high quality standards of care. These standards cover nearly every aspect of our hospital, including surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, pet health records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental and nursing care, diagnostic imaging, and anesthesiology. Approximately 15 percent of animal hospitals in North America are accredited by AAHA.

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