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Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital, in Dutchess NY Promotes Pet Dental Health Month

Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital, in Wappingers Falls, is recognizing National Pet Dental Health Month by offering special pricing on a dental procedure throughout the month of February.

Owner Dr. Alexandra Barrientos says keeping pets’ teeth in good condition is beneficial for their overall health.

“Horrific breath and brown teeth are only the surface of a potentially big issue,” she says. “If your dog or cat has terrible breath and brown teeth, he or she needs a dental examination.” 

Bad breath is the first sign of gum disease, which can be the start of significant health issues in pets, she explains. “Eighty percent of dogs have some degree of periodontal disease by age two. Some cats and toy dog breeds are genetically predisposed to gum disease, placing them in danger of systemic irreversible diseases at a younger age. Bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream through unhealthy gum tissue, and this can cause damage throughout your pet’s body.”

She lists several diseases caused by poor dental health, including heart valve infections leading to permanent heart disease, tooth loss and cavities, bone infections or loss of jawbone, liver infections, ear infections, kidney disease, malnutrition and weight loss, stress or unsocial behavior due to chronic pain, and infections that can be passed on to people through bites and scratches.

Earth Angels is an integrative, full-service small-animal hospital offering alternative and conventional modalities. 

Location: Earth Angels, 44 Saint Nicholas Rd., Wappingers Falls, NY. For more info, call 845.227.7297 (PAWS) or visit