Dental Scaling and Prophylaxis Will Preserve Longevity and Health in Dogs

I hate telling people that the reason their dog has a heart murmur is because of infection and rot in the poor dog’s mouth, so often, (if it’s after-the-fact) I won’t. What’s the point, the horse is out of the barn at that point so what I say is “If we clean the teeth it’s likely not to get worse.” Which is mostly true. But the fact of it, is that if they were on top of the teeth and kept the germs to a minimum the dog probably would actually never get a heart murmur.

In this document, I explain how that works, why the dogs get heart murmurs, what that means to the dog and what a “dental” is all about.’s-Life-…pdf

Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.