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By Christina B.
Published: December 01, 2013

Did you know dental disease is the most common disease to affect animals of all ages? Up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats that do not receive proper dental care will develop signs of dental disease by age three. Pure bred cats and small dogs are at greater risk developing the disease.

Dental disease can have a negative effect on vital organs. Twenty minutes after eating, plaque begins to form on teeth. Bacteria in the plaque will irritate the gums and cause them to bleed, allowing the bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria will travel throughout the body and can affect the heart, kidneys, liver, and brain.

Early prevention is key! With proper dental care, the risk of dental disease can be reduced. To help with prevention, VCA Mesa Animal Hospital is offering 20% off dental services starting December 2nd through the end of March. Discuss your pet’s oral health with your veterinarian during his/her annual exam and schedule a cleaning today.