This month the Hospital for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery celebrates Pet Dental Health Month. Did you know that by age 3, most dogs and cats suffer from periodontal disease? Perhaps you've had a kiss from your furry best friend only to think, "Yuck! Doggie breath!" We can only imagine what our breath would smell like if we didn't brush regularly! Fortunately for our furry family members, with proper care, periodontal disease can be preventable and even in early stages reversible. Not sure if your dog or cat has periodontal disease? Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to find out and have a custom treatment plan created that includes ideas on what to do at home! This month every patient will go home with a complimentary goodie bag with samples to try.
What New Year's resolution do you think your dog and cat would make?
Just in case they didn't make one, here is an idea - daily tooth brushing! Here are some tips to get you started:
- Make brushing a positive experience with lots of treats and praise.
- Use a toothpaste made for especially for pets. Chicken flavor is tasty!
- Start slowly. Begin with getting your pet used to having his or her mouth and lips being touched.
- Once comfortable, introduce the toothbrush with toothpaste.
- Start with brushing the top teeth and add the bottom teeth in when your pet becomes more comfortable.
- Brush the teeth once to twice daily.
- Make sure to bring your dog and cat to see their favorite Veterinary Dentist at HVDOS every year for a dental checkup!
A BIG Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Queck for passing the exam for the American Veterinary Dental College. In addition to being a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, Dr. Queck is now a Board Certified Dental Specialist.
Once a year the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) offers a rigorous examination to test the skills of qualified applicants. Very few pass this examination to receive Diplomate status. Dr. Queck now joins a small group of Veterinary Dentists who have successfully completed this process, becoming one of the two Veterinary Dental Specialists practicing in the Charlotte, NC and Mt. Pleasant, SC areas. She is excited to use these credentials to continue providing the best advanced dental care for cats and dogs and share her experience with veterinarians in the Carolinas.