The month of February is not only about love and hearts. It’s also the perfect time to focus on your pet’s oral health since it’s National Pet Dental Health Month.

While the WVG team encourages good oral health all year long, a certain team member – Diane – has a passion for educating pet parents on the many benefits of healthy teeth and gums, and more importantly, the potential health risks of neglecting your pet’s mouth.

The Dangers of Neglecting Your Pet’s Teeth and Gums

Even though cats and dogs rarely get cavities like humans, the plaque and tartar that forms on their teeth can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease – which can lead to pain, tooth decay, bleeding gums, and even tooth loss.

The bacteria that causes these dental complications can also travel through the bloodstream and eventually damage major internal organs like the heart and kidneys.

Meet our Veterinary Technician with a Specialty in Veterinary Dentistry

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Diane is a New Jersey native and has been working in the veterinary field for nearly 15 years with most of her experience in general practice. She started her career at Westfield Veterinary Group in 2003. While working at WVG, she became a certified veterinary technician (CVT) in 2010. During this time, she discovered her love for veterinary dentistry. Diane took a leave from WVG to learn more about veterinary dentistry at specialty hospitals and 2017 she earned her veterinary technician specialty (VTS) in dentistry. She is back at WVG to share her knowledge and love for pets’ oral health.

Diane enjoys spending time with her three-legged dog, Gracie and her cat, Cotton. In her free-time she enjoys yoga, going to concerts, and learning about alternative medicine, such as Reiki.

Schedule Your Pet’s Oral Examination during National Pet Dental Health Month

Contact us today at 908.232.1048 to book an appointment for a full oral examination. Not only will we examine your pet’s teeth and gums for any potential issues, we will also teach you how to brush those pearly whites in order to help maintain fresh breath year-round. That should give you (and your pet!) something to smile about.