Pet Smile Month 2011
The next full PetSmile Month will be held in September 2012.
During September 2011 a number of veterinary practices will provide FREE dental checks for pets, however the next full official Pet Smile Month will take place in 2012.
National PSM is taking a break for 2011 - in order to fully prepare for the exciting changes we have planned for 2012 (vets should click on the VETS tab for more details). However many veterinary practices wish to maintain the tradition of offering free dental check-ups during September - and we applaud their support and desire to combat dental disease in pets.
A frighteningly high % of our pets are in urgent need of dental treatment. This means that they are walking around with infection and inflammation in their mouths. Not only is there infection in the mouth - but it can spread to affect the whole body. Vets around the country know that a combined approach to dental care is required. Simply using a chew is not enough. Proper prophylaxis and cleaning followed by a combined preventive approach (ideally including brushing) is the best way forwards.
It is important to remember that most dental disease is treatable. Certainly the vast majority of the disease is preventable.
Prevention of dental disease is better than treatment. Veterinary Dentistry is all about making pets healthier and happier and seeing the benefits that this brings to our pets and their relationships with their owners.
Lift the Lip - The video clips below illustrate how you can examine your pet's teeth.
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