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Embrace Pet Insurance Podcast: Dental Discussions with Dr. Patrick Mahaney

What steps do you take to prevent periodontal disease in your pet? As our pets can't sufficiently brush their own teeth to keep their mouths clean we owners must make efforts to do so in order to prevent periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects the teeth, gums, and other pet body parts. It's often a hidden disease that owners don't know is occurring until health problems appear, including oral malodor ("bad breath"), problems chewing, decreased appeite, drooling, lethargy, and other signs. Bacteria from the mouth also gets into the blood and can damage internal organs like the heart, kidneys, liver, and others. At this point, a pet definitely needs a veterinary examination and a plan for evaluation and cleaning under anesthesia. My recommendation is for owners to dedicate themselves to pet daily home dent care. As Cardiff had a fragile immune system I wanted to keep mouth bacteria from negatively affecting his insides, so I commited to preventing periodontal disease and used a combination of a toothbrush and dental cleansing wipes to keep his mouth as clean as possible. In doing so, I was able to prevent his need to have an anesthetic dental during his lifetime. In this month's Pet Place Podcast, Laura Bennett (Embrace Pet Insurance CEO & Co-Founder) and I discuss: 1. Steps to take in preventing dental disease 2. If brushing your pet’s teeth is helpful 3. If certain pet foods or chews are better for your pet’s teeth 4. What your veterinarian really wants you to know about pet dental care Click here to listen to the podcast in full- Feel free to share this link with your fellow pet-owning friends, family, etc. Dr. Patrick Mahaney Thank you for reading this article. Your questions and comments are completely welcome. Please feel free to communicate with me through Twitter (@PatrickMahaney) and follow my adventures in veterinary medicine by liking Patrick Mahaney: Veterinarian Acupuncture Pain Management for Your Pets on Facebook. Copyright of this article (2017) is owned by Dr Patrick Mahaney, Veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Republishing any portion of this article must first be authorized by Dr Patrick Mahaney. Requests for republishing must be approved by Dr Patrick Mahaney and received in written format.
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