How To Prevent Periodontal Disease

How to Prevent Periodontal Disease

If you’ve been following our blog the last few weeks, you are now experts on the importance of routine dental care and the signs of periodontal disease. However, now your probably wondering what you can do for you pet to prevent them from developing dental disease. Well that’s exactly what this blog is all about. Keep in mind that February is dental month are we are offering special rates on our dental procedures. So don’t wait! Call us at (717) 775-7554 for more information. Or email us at vet@cvpcomarketing.com.

PREVENTING PERIODONTAL DISEASE:

  • Bring your pet to the veterinarian for routine physical exams and dental check-ups. Your doctor and the staff can tell you exactly what care is needed for your pet’s teeth and make an individualized dental plan that works for you and your pet.
  • Brush your pet’s teeth 3-4 times a week. There are special toothpastes for cats and dogs that are flavored so your pet enjoys the experience. We also sell fingerbrushes which may be easier to use than a regular toothbrush. If you pet allows you to use a toothbrush, we recommend a soft bristle child’s toothbrush.
  • Feed dry dog food or treats and hard chew toys to keep tartar from building up on the teeth.
  • For an added benefit, we carry prescription dental diets that are formulated with fibers that act as floss when your pet bites into the kibble. There are also many varieties of tartar control treats, such as Greenies which we have in different sizes for different size pets.
  • If your pet refuses to eat dry food and let you brush their teeth, there are also enzymatic water additives which help slow the buildup of tartar. Many types, including the brand we carry, actually make the water taste better to most pets.
  • Finally we also recommend professional teeth cleanings. Just like when you go to you dentist regularly, your pet also needs thorough dental cleanings. Your pet’s genetics, size, health, diet and chewing habits, and at home dental care will determine how often your pet will need to have their teeth cleaned.
Next up, we’ll describe what takes place during a professional teeth cleaning.
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    Dr. Bob Sarsfield
    Veterinarian in Harrisburg, PA The chief medical officer and owner and has been with the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County since 1979. He started out working in the kennel and then attended Penn State University, which he graduated from in 1985. He received his DVM from Purdue University in 1989. His professional areas of interest include feline and canine medicine and surgery, ultrasound, and low level laser therapy. Contact the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County today and make an appointment ...
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    Dr. Heather Balmer
    Dr. Heather Balmer (Zanes) is managing veterinarian and has been with the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County since 1999. Dr. Balmer first worked as a kennel assistant and then as a veterinary technician assistant. She received her undergraduate degree from Juniata College and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Dr. Balmer was raised in Penbrook but currently lives with her husband, Matt, and grandmother in Hummelstown along with their four-legged ...
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    Dr. Kelly Allen
    Dr. Kelly Allen joined the staff of the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County in 2011. She is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. She enjoys talking to clients about their furry family members. Dr. Allen has a keen interest in animal behavior and enjoys helping new dog and cat owners as they experience the joy (and sometimes frustrations) of introducing an animal into the family. She lives with her husband, Todd, and one ...
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    Dr. Jennifer Fletcher Eckenrode
    Dr. Jennifer Fletcher Eckenrode, CCRT joined the staff of the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County in 2011. She attended Colorado State University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Originally from Boston, Dr. Fletcher grew up in Michigan. She has lived in California, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and even Perth, Australia. She lives in Mechanicsburg with her husband (also a veterinarian!) and daughter, their Heeler-Lab mix, Colbie, ...
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    Dr. Audrey Zajac
    Dr. Audrey Zajac joined the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County in July, 2013. She became interested in animals at a young age, spending her summers working on her grandparents’ dairy farm and riding horses at 12 years old. Dr. Zajac attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and headed off to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL. After graduation, she returned to PA in 2009 where she worked with dogs, cats, and horses ...
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    Dr. Whitney Wolfgang
    Dr. Whitney Wolfgang joined the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County in June 2016. Growing up in Hummelstown, PA, Dr. Wolfgang always knew she wanted to work with animals in some capacity. Early in her college career, she fell in love with veterinary medicine. She graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a dual degree in Biology and Animal Behavior. She traveled to South Africa for a veterinary experience with local community outreach and wildlife veterinary medicine. Dr. Wolfgang earned ...
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    Dr. Lloyd V. Reitz, Jr.
    Dr. Lloyd V. Reitz, Jr. grew up on his family’s fourth-generation dairy farm in Shamokin, PA. In addition to caring for cows, he grew up with a wide variety animals, including horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, and even a couple of emus. Dr. Reitz pursued a degree in Biology from Messiah College, graduating in 2001. He then continued his education at Bucknell University, obtaining a Master’s of Science in Cellular Biology in 2004. After receiving his M.S., he moved to Richmond, VA, and ...
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    Dr. Jamie Putt
    Dr. Jamie Putt is a native of Harrisburg, PA. She obtained her B.S. in Animal Bioscience from Pennsylvania State University in 2001. She attended veterinary school at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained her D.V.M. in 2005. Dr. Putt is a current active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, the mission of which is to educate the public about the importance of oral health in animals. Her special ...
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