Surface Creek Veterinary Center - February 2021

It’s Time to Brush Up ON YOUR PET DENTAL CARE KNOWLEDGE If you’re like the majority of American adults, you typically visit a dentist at least once a year. But when’s the last time you made an appointment with Dr. Susie for a dental checkup for your pet? Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is a sure-fire way not only to give them a longer life but also to give them a better quality of life. And it’s a great way to avoid bad breath that makes you cringe when Fido comes in for a Valentine’s Day kiss! need less frequent visits. You can supplement Surface Creek’s cleanings by brushing your pet’s teeth at home!

Speaking of bad breath, if you’re unsure how to assess whether your pet is due for a dental checkup, the breath test is a good place to start. Aside from the relatively odor-free bliss of puppy breath, dog breath doesn’t exactly smell good, but if your canine’s breath is particularly foul, consider making an appointment for a checkup. You should also regularly check their lips, gums, and teeth. Their gums should be pink, not red or white. If they are swollen or bleeding, that could be a sign of an oral health problem. Also, do their teeth look clean? If you can see brownish buildup on their teeth, it might be time for a cleaning. Keep in mind that different breeds have different needs. Smaller dog breeds tend to have more dental problems than larger breeds. Some animals need to come in every six months for a cleaning, while others will

Be sure to buy a toothbrush that’s designed for the job and

toothpaste made specifically for animals. Ask us for tips next time you’re here or look online

for resources about how to get your dog used to having their teeth cleaned. February is Pet Dental Health Month, so there’s no

better time to learn more about how to care for your canine’s chompers. As we often say, if you don’t want to spend the time cleaning your pet’s teeth

at home, you can spend the money and let us do it here. Either way, make sure you have a plan to get your pet the oral health care they need.

Who needs a Valentine’s Day date when you have a furry friend at home? This Feb. 14, show your pooch your love with these frosty strawberry dog treats. Use a heart- shaped silicone mold to make this snack extra festive. ‘My Furry Valentine’ Pup Snacks Inspired by

Clients Spreading the Word Thanks so much to these clients who referred new patients to us last month: Larry George Darold & Jeanne Sloan


1/2 cup plain yogurt

Nate Hawkins Polly Jo Wick Galina Miller

1/4 cup frozen strawberries, puréed


1. Fill each heart in the mold 3/4 full with yogurt. 2. Freeze the yogurt hearts for 1 hour. 3. When the yogurt is set, add the puréed strawberry on top of each heart to fill the rest of the mold. 4. Freeze for another hour, then share the tasty treats with your dog! Note: If you don’t have a heart-shaped mold, you can freehand your treats on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze 1 tbsp dollops of yogurt for an hour, then top with 1/2 tbsp of strawberry purée and freeze another hour.

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