Avoid expensive vet bills and keep Fido and Fluffy healthy with a little advance know-how and TLC.
By Brigitt Hauck
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A little knowledge and a few proactive measures can help prevent-or at least minimize-some of the most common medical conditions in cats and dogs. Emmy Pointer, a veterinarian at the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the ASPCA, in New York City, and Ann E. Hohenhaus, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center, in New York City, share simple steps pet owners can take to reduce the strain and pain these conditions cause our four-legged friends.
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Vstock LLC/Getty ImagesWhat it is:
As in humans, food particles and bacteria accumulate on and between an animal's teeth and gum line over time. The progressive buildup of food particles and bacteria form plaque and can lead to gingivitis and infections, causing discomfort and possible loss of teeth.
Whom it affects:
Cats and dogs.
If your pet's breath is so bad it has
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