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      Don't forget your dog's dental needs

      You wouldn't go days without brushing your teeth or years without getting a dental checkup. Well, your pet shouldn't either.

      In this week's Angie's List report, why dental care is important for your furry friend.

      If pets develop painful dental conditions or inflammatory conditions like periodontal disease it can affect their internal organ function. It definitely affects their kidneys and potentially their heart and liver as well.

      A professional cleaning mainly involves scraping plague and tartar along the gum line.

      The procedure also involves anesthesia and x-rays.

      Having your pet's teeth professionally cleaned can be expensive - it can be anywhere from $200 to $800 depending on the extensive nature of the work that needs to be done.

      "The best way to keep the cost down for a professional teeth cleaning is an ounce of prevention. Regularly brushing your pet's teeth yourself can help avoid the buildup and any additional problems that may lead you to having the professional cleaning done."

      Small breed dogs are more prone to periodontal disease.

      If you notice your pet has excessively bad breath, missing teeth, or red gums, call your vet for an appointment.