During the month of February, Limestone Veterinary Hospital will be running a special offer on pet dentals. A pre-anesthetic examination, IV catheter and fluids, pre-dental injection of antibiotics, safe anesthesia, teeth cleaning, teeth polishing, fluoride treatment, pet toothbrush, pet toothpaste, anti-plaque rinse, instructions and a demonstration for home brushing care will be $227.00 (normally $283.00). Extractions, post extraction pain medication and antibiotics may be extra but we will inform you of any additional charges before they are incurred. We recommend pre-anesthetic lab work for any animals over 6 years of age. The pre-anesthetic lab work can be performed the same day. Your pet will be able to go home the same day the dental is performed. Dentals are performed on an appointment only basis, Monday-Fridays. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions!



The statement "Veterinary dentistry is coming of age." has never been more true. Pets are living longer and in closer proximity to their owners. Bad breath, oral pain, and tooth loss are common findings in a high percentage of the pets that come to veterinary offices.

Pets have many of the same dental problems that humans face. Missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth, retained baby teeth, impacted teeth, dis-colored teeth, and worn teeth are a few of the day to day problems. We also see tooth fractures, abscesses, and oral cancer. You may wonder if all these really matter. You bet they do! Periodontal disease results when proper oral hygiene is not implemented early in life.

Healthy mouths are free of foul breath odor and exhibit clean, white, teeth surrounded by firm gum tissue. Periodontal disease most commonly refers to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (gingivitis with breakdown of tissues that support the teeth). Animals with periodontal disease characteristically have bad breath, teeth caked with yellow-brown tartar, and
swollen, painful gums that bleed easily. Some have poor appetites and lose weight gradually. The cause of gum disease is accumulation of bacterial plaque on teeth sur-faces and under the gum line

Animals use their mouths to eat, groom, manipulate and vocalize. You don't have to wait for your pet to develop gum disease before you step up to the plate. Start by looking in your pet's mouth. Does the breath knock you over? Do you see a lot of yellow plaque? Are the gums red? Please call our office if you notice any of these signs.

If the teeth are white and clean, start brushing! Pets benefit just like humans from good oral hygiene. One time weekly is a good beginning. Call our office to schedule a free teeth brushing demonstra-tion!

Although most tartar control treats won't hurt, proper nutrition and regular brushing will do more to remove plaque. Rawhides, Denta-Bones and Greenies are very helpful in reducing tartar in dogs. Tartar Control Pounce treats help reduce tartar in cats.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions