Saturday, January 21 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday, January 25 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
HOW DID MY PET GET DENTAL DISEASE?
Step 1: Your pet eats food, food causes your pet to develop PLAQUE.
Step 2: PLAQUE turns into TARTAR within 24 hours if not removed. Plague and tartar develop more quickly on older pets as the enamel of their teeth becomes rougher with age and things are more likely to stick to the surface of the teeth.
Step 3: TARTAR slowly grows and develops under the gums, leading to GINGIVITIS. Gingivitis is painful. It’s the thing that usually causes you to jump in your dentist’s chair when you are having your teeth cleaned. (It means when you were brushing, you missed a spot.) The majority of pets over 3 years old have gingivitis.
Step 4: GINGIVITIS worsens and the gums become infected with bacteria under the gums. The infection and the tartar then cause the gum to start to peel away from the root of the tooth, and the bacteria start to eat away at the bones of the skull and jawbone, dissolving the bone and leaving behind pus and blood. This is called PERIODONTAL DISEASE. It really, really hurts. (If you’ve ever known someone who needed a root canal, you will probably remember how much pain they were experiencing, and you will probably remember just how fast they lined up that root canal, too! They had periodontal disease!)
Step 5: Teeth loosen, fall out, jaws fracture, and pets live in pain. Why don’t they tell us about it? They do, it’s just very subtle. Grumpy behavior, slowing down, and other subtle changes typically diagnosed by humans as “getting old” is really the symptom of incredible pain with no end in sight. Instinct keeps non-human animals from lying around moaning in pain…such behavior would target them from attack from predators, and their instinct is to hide their pain. Instinct also drives them to eat even though they are in incredible pain.
THE GOOD NEWS?
This process is preventable, and the disease is treatable, and we can help! Join us this Saturday, January 21st from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, OR Wednesday, January 25th, from 5:30 pm to 7pm for an informative seminar to learn what you can do to prevent and treat this hidden problem affecting almost every pet we see!
Mimosas, light snacks, and swag will be provided.