Some people even leaned in to smell Katie’s breath, to use as a comparison to their own pet’s.
McCarter said a change in the smell of an animal’s breath could be a sign that their teeth need to be cleaned or that an infection may be present.
She said the typical time to start dental cleaning is when the animal is 4 or 5 years old.
For a dog, the cost ranges between $225 and $245 at the Plattsburgh clinic and between $180 and $200 for cats. Extractions, based on how difficult they are, are priced at $5 for teeth with single roots, $15 to $20 for double roots and $50 for canines and other more deeply rooted teeth.
Because of advancing technology and awareness of animal health, McCarter said, the life expectancy of pets has increased dramatically over the years.
Depending on the animal and breed, she said, lives have been extended by three to six years.
But dental issues can lead to even more severe problems, such has heart, lung and liver disease, she said.
Pet owners can help avoid them by brushing their animals’ teeth at home, as well as having cleanings at the vet’s.
McCarter said she would like to hold a similar event on a different topic, perhaps weight-loss management and how it plays an overall role in an animal’s general health.
Two technicians at the clinic are weight-loss coaches, with efforts coordinated with pet-food company Purina, which sponsored the Dine and Dental seminar.
“Our goal is to be able to provide these for general patient health and well-being,” McCarter said, “to be able to make it a broad-based approach for something our clients are able to do at home to help promote their animal’s health.”
Cheryl Holloway, a rep for Purina, said she chose Palmer Vet to host Dine and Dental because they came to her wanting to do something out-of-the-box for Dental Health month.