Volume 60 | February 2022

Altadena Valley Animal Clinic
    2898 Acton Road - Birmingham, AL 35243

Putting Off Your Pet's Dental Cleaning? DON'T!

When it comes to a pet’s health, dental care is usually not the first thing that comes to mind for most people. Why? Many pet parents just assume their pet’s teeth don’t need cleaning. After all, they never seem to complain. And that bad breath? Well, most people just think that’s normal.

If this sounds familiar, please keep reading. Your pet will thank you later!

It Starts with Bad Breath
Think of a pet’s mouth as the gateway to their overall health. From the things they eat (or shouldn’t have eaten), your pet’s mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Without regular brushing, as humans do, they develop bad breath due to the living, growing bacteria that enters their mouth. Over time, these dangerous bacteria will cause tartar and plaque buildup, eventually leading to tooth decay, gum infections, and all types of periodontal diseases.

Bad breath is a pet’s way of telling you their health could be at risk. The longer the bacteria live and grow in the mouth, the more chance it can enter the bloodstream, making them susceptible to several illnesses - such as liver disease, heart disease, and kidney failure.

Think of your pet’s bad breath as a way of them telling you they need a good dental cleaning.

Periodontal disease is very painful for pets. Inflamed sore gums and loose teeth make it difficult for your pet to eat. If they develop abscesses and infections, chronic long-term pain will follow. If you notice your pet becomes head shy, avoiding your touch to their face or mouth, this could be a sign of pain in the gums or teeth. If this happens, we recommend you make an appointment to have your pet examined.

Other Signs To Know
Here are some other signs that might signal your pet needs a dental cleaning.

  • Discolored teeth
  • Receding and/or bleeding gums
  • Drooling
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Poor appetite

Your vet will examine your pet’s mouth during every checkup. Based on what they find, they may recommend that you schedule a dental cleaning.

What Does A Cleaning Involve?
During this safe and painless procedure, we remove plaque and tartar build-up from your pet’s teeth while they are under general anesthesia. This keeps the pet still and pain-free while we conduct a thorough inspection that includes the following:

  • Removal of visible plaque and tartar from the teeth
  • Elimination of plaque and tartar from under the gum
  • Probing of dental sockets to assess dental disease
  • Polishing to smooth enamel scratches that may attract bacteria
  • Application of fluoride or a dental sealer
  • Removal or repair of fractured or infected teeth
  • Dental charting so the progression of dental disease can be monitored over time
  • Inspection of the lips, tongue, and entire mouth for growths, wounds, or other problems

If you suspect your pet is having dental problems or their breath smells pretty bad, call the clinic to schedule your pet’s cleaning. In recognition of Pet Dental Health Month, all dental cleanings are 20% off!

Keep your pet happy, healthy, and smiling big with a professional dental cleaning this month!


Julie Grimes, DVM
Check out our friend Mac's dental cleaning and those bright, white teeth. Fortunately, Mac did not have advanced periodontal disease but those barnacle size pieces of tartar we removed definitely could have been more than just the cause of his bad breath. The procedure was simple and safe. Now his breath is so much better.
20% Off Dental Cleaning During February! Schedule Your Pet Today!
Our Wonderful Vets
Bobby Wilson, DVM
Lolly Wilson, DVM
ProHeart® 12 (moxidectin) Is Now Available!

Heartworm disease in our state is a year-round threat. Making sure you give your dog their monthly heartworm medication can be a challenge – until now! With only one dose of ProHeart 12 your dog will have protection all year long.

ProHeart 12 is a new safe and effective option that takes the worry out of remembering to give your dog a monthly dose of their heartworm preventative. It’s also the only FDA-approved product that prevents heartworm disease in dogs for 1 full year with just 1 shot given by our vets.

ProHeart 12 Is Effective & Safe

In three well-controlled studies, ProHeart 12

  • Was 100% effective against heartworm disease* in dogs
  • Was demonstrated to be safe for most types of dogs over 12 months, including:
  • Reproducing dogs
  • Collies sensitive to ivermectin—a common ingredient in monthly heartworm products

  • Had a similar adverse event profile to Heartgard® Plus 

*Caused by Dirofilaria immitis. Heartgard is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim.

To see if this product is right for your dog, call the clinic at (205) 967-7383
Check out our online store for savings on pet food, toys, and more! Click the link above to visit the store today!
*Terms and conditions apply. Must be of the same product, size, and purchased at one time, Ask the front desk receptionist for full terms and conditions.
Training Class Schedule
New Classes Are HERE! Sign Up Today!
Yappy Hour: Puppy Socialization! 
  • (4-week course) 
  • Click the registration link below to sign up.

Puppy/Beginner Obedience (6-week courses start dates)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • April 5 @ 6:30 pm
  • April 7 @ 6:30 pm
  • ​​Instructor: Anthony Rodriguez, CPDT-KSA
Impulse Control (6-week course start dates) ​​​​
  • April 5 @ 7:30 pm
  • ​​Instructor: Anthony Rodriguez, CPDT-KSA

To be notified when this course is added, contact Rebecca@lovethemtrainthem.com.

If you have a question as to whether masks are required, check with your instructor prior to the first week of class. We want our students to learn and have fun in a way that is safe for everyone!

For more information and complete course descriptions, visit our Training website page or to sign up for classes by clicking the REGISTER link below.

Pet Picture of the Month
Magnolia is a big, adorable, FURRY friend that loves a good grooming day. She even loves to get a little rest in grooming before her appointment. We're sure the extra attention and TLC don't have anything to do with her choice of places to rest.
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