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Second Chance Celebrates National Pet Dental Health Month with Dental Discounts

NORTH BROOKFIELD — February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and Second Chance Animal Services is reminding pet owners to check their pets’ teeth. Like in humans, dental health plays an important role in the overall health of pets. Dental issues can greatly affect a pet’s quality of life, which is why Second Chance is once again offering a discount on dental procedures this month.

Second Chance Medical Director Dr. Ashley Raymond points out that, “by their second birthday, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. If you notice your pet’s breath is not so fresh, this may be the first sign.” She recommends discussing pets’ oral health with a veterinarian.

Brushing is an important part of maintaining good dental health, and veterinarians recommend starting early so pets are accustomed to getting their teeth brushed. Dental treats can help to combat tartar, but pet owners should follow the suggested serving size. “Too much of a good thing can be bad when it comes to any treat, even dental treats,” Raymond noted.

Pet owners who schedule a dental cleaning for their pet during the month of February will receive a 10% discount off the dental procedure. Spots fill up quickly, so pet owners are encouraged to make an appointment soon to get their furry friend’s teeth cleaned. Second Chance operates full-service veterinary hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit secondchanceanimals.org/national-pet-dental-health-month.