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February is national pet dental health month

Just like their owners, dogs need to get their teeth cleaned. Not only does it improve their breath, it can affect their overall health. Tooth decay can lead to a myriad of diseases - all that can be prevented by simply taking care of your pooch's teeth.

Getting their teeth cleaned is a straightforward process. It does involve anesthesia, but if your dog has not had a problem with anesthesia in the past, it should be no problem. The teeth get x-rayed and then cleaned, using much the same process that is performed on humans.

And just like our teeth, your pup's teeth need to be brushed on a regular basis. Lucky for the dogs, chicken and beef flavored toothpaste is available for them. If they don't like those flavors, you can use a non-fluoridated toothpaste. Tom's of Maine makes some great flavors that dogs like, especially the fennel.

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to be up close with your dog and not have to hold your breath? Or to avoid costly surgeries and drugs because of impacted and abscessed teeth? Then there is heart health. If your dog's mouth gets and infection it can lead to an infection in the blood, travel to the heart and cause major problems.

In Schaumburg, Golf-Rose Animal Hospital is offering 10% off during the month of February. They can be reached at 847-885-3344

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