Smile for ... Dental Specials!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. To recognize this and promote the importance of dental health for our animal friends, we are pleased to offer dental specials for both our small-animal and equine patients. Details are below – let us know if you have any questions!

Dental Special for Dogs and Cats
February and March

PVH is offering FREE* full-mouth X-rays for our canine and feline patients during February and March.

Approximately 80 percent of dogs and cats over 2 years of age have significant oral health issues, which can result in pain, suffering and other problems. Many times, a tooth may appear healthy on the surface but can be fractured or infected below the gumline. X-rays allow us to see the tooth root and supportive structures to determine if there are any problems.

*PLEASE NOTE: A $120 to $200 value. Promotion is available only with a full dental cleaning and oral exam.

For details and appointments, please call 360.568.3113 to talk with a PVH small-animal receptionist.


Equine Dental Special
February Only

PVH is offering FREE* oral exams for equine patients during the month of February. 

With regular dental exams, we can identify and address dental issues as early as possible in our horses, including abscesses, ulcers, loose teeth, infected teeth or gums, periodontal disease, and misalignment of teeth. These days, many horses are maintaining functional dentition into their third – and even fourth! – decades of life. And that’s something horse owners and their horses can both smile about.

*PLEASE NOTE: Promotion is only available with vaccine appointments and/or dentals – charges apply if sedation is required.

For details and appointments, please call 360.568.3111 to talk with a PVH large-animal receptionist.

Kick Off the New Year in Good Health

Resolution time is here once again. Just as you may be setting health-related goals for yourself, consider doing the same for your pets! What can you do to start being proactive about Fluffy’s or Fido’s health today?

Diet Time?

A healthy weight is as important to pets as it is to people. Obesity predisposes animals to arthritis and can cause cats to develop diabetes among other problems. If you think your pet is overweight, contact your veterinarian to discuss a safe, effective diet and exercise plan as well as a healthy target weight.

Pet Oral Health

An often overlooked area in preventive health care for pets is dental care. Consider brushing your pet’s teeth three times a week. Are you likely to be defeated by your pet’s cunning toothbrush avoidance tactics? If so, integrate appropriate dental care treats and chews into your pet’s diet to promote good dental health.

Microchip Musts

Although microchips are a great way to reunite you with a lost pet, they must be maintained properly to be effective. When your pet is found and his or her microchip is scanned, the microchip company will contact you ... but if your contact information is out of date, the microchip is useless! Check with your microchip company to make sure your contact information is current.

Disaster Preparedness

Just as you might put together a disaster preparedness or emergency kit for your family, do the same for your pet. Make sure you have fresh water and pet food on hand in the event of an emergency. It’s also a good idea to have some pet first aid items available in case your pet sustains an injury.

Stay Active

January is Walk Your Pet Month, but you may be less inclined to spend time outdoors depending on the prevailing weather conditions. Regardless, walks are very important because they provide enrichment for dogs, and the exercise is good for maintaining their weight and joint health. Keep older pets mobile by taking shorter walks more frequently – mild to moderate low-impact activity is beneficial for arthritic joints.

These are some useful tips to help guide you and your pets to your healthiest year yet. Regardless of what you do, being proactive with your pet’s health is key! From all of us at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, we wish you and your pets good health.  


Article written by Andrew Rocco, DVM

Located in Snohomish, Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive and 24/7 emergency care: 360.568.3113