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jpeg The American Veterinary Association (AVMA), an organization dedicated to advancing the science of veterinary medicine, has earmarked February as national pet dental health month. The AVMA reports 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of dental disease by the age of three! Why is this important for pet owners to know? The bacteria from your pet's mouth and, especially, from dental decay, finds its way into the bloodstream. This bacteria then infuses major organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs and can lead to serious and costly illnesses.

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey reports that only 14% of dogs and 9% of cats receive dental care at the veterinarian's office. At the Thomas Beath Veterinary Hospital, we strive to educate our clients on the importance of routine dental care at home and annual dental cleanings at our practice. We also recognize cost is often a factor when weighing your pet's medical needs. Like annual examinations, vaccines and routing testing for parasitic infections, an annual, dental examination and cleaning, as well as routine, in home dental care, is crucial to your pet's overall health. As they say, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Preventative dental care will save pet parents costly treatment for serious illnesses and dental extractions.

At the Thomas Beath Veterinary Hospital in Stafford, we provide affordable, high quality, dental care. Our veterinarians look forward to working with you to provide the best care for your best friend. Please call us today to schedule your pet's annual, dental examination and cleaning. 540-371-7729

Jeanette Allard, Director, Thomas Beath Veterinary Hospital.

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.