It’s Dental Health Month!

In celebration of National Pet Dental Health Month,

here are a few fun facts about your pet’s mouth!

  • Dogs and cats have a full set of baby teeth that are replaced with adult teeth, just like humans!
  • Dogs have 42 permanent adult teeth; cats have 30.
  • Periodontal disease (teeth/gums) is the most common disease seen in adult dogs and cats.
  • Providing your pet with good dental hygiene can add 2-4 years to its life!
  • Contrary to what you’ve heard, a dog’s mouth is NOT cleaner than a human’s mouth.
  • Periodontal disease causes inflammation and infection that can damage other organs including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
  • The most common sign of periodontal disease is bad breath, or halitosis (aka dog breath).
  • Most pets will not stop eating even when severe periodontal disease is present, so that isn’t a reliable sign.
  • Sneezing and nasal discharge can be a sign of a tooth infection.
  • Proper dental cleaning requires general anesthesia in pets.
  • For good dental health, your pet’s teeth should be brushed daily.
  • Approximately 80% of dogs and cats will have some form of dental disease by age three.
  • Veterinary dentists perform many of the same procedures as human dentists, including root canals and crowns!

Take advantage of National Pet Dental Health Month by bringing your dog or cat in for that dental work you have been putting off!  

Donate Non-Perishable Goods for “Camp Out for Hunger”

We at Blackwood Animal Hospital are joining WMMR in their “Camp out for Hunger” which is now Philabundance’s largest food drive.

Please come in anytime we are open to drop off non-perishable food items. There is a basket located in the lobby waiting to be overfilled with your donations! When everyone in the community comes together beautiful things happen. Help make this a happy time of year for people who are less fortunate than all of us. We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for their donations and support.

To sweeten the deal…

If you bring in 15 items you will get a FREE nail trim.

If you bring in 25 items you get a raffle ticket to win a fire pit.

If you bring in 35 items you get both a free nail trim AND a ticket for the fire pit. 

See the WMMR “Camp Out for Hunger” poster below and the list of the “Top 10 Most Needed Items”. Share with your friends and let them know that they can drop off donations to Blackwood Animal Hospital during regular business hours!