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Pet Health: The Importance of Getting Your Dog's Teeth Cleaned

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We brush our teeth every day -- twice a day -- but what about our pets? Do you brush their teeth?

Local vets say you should and say it's about more than just bad doggy breath.

Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital in West Fargo performs cleanings everyday. Animals are put under anesthesia, x-rays are done and their teeth are cleaned.

If your dog doesn't have its teeth brushed and cleaned... it may run the risk of gum disease.

The problem can arise when bacteria sticks to your dogs teeth and that can lead to even more problems.

Teri-Lee James/Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital: "The bacteria that is trapped in their mouths can get into their blood stream. Then it can get caught in places... like their kidneys and heart valves."

It's a good idea to start brushing your dog's teeth when it's a puppy to get them used to it. Also, give your dog a dental chew and try an avoid giving dogs food that you eat. Just stick to food that is designed for dogs.

We have been focusing a lot on dogs... But Thursday on The Valley Today we will have some very important reminders for cat owners!


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