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Igor is a five-year-old German Shepard who spends his days with his handler Sgt. Brennan taking a bite out of crime, and his nights just being a dog.  

Igor was recently taken in for a much needed dental cleaning.

"I've been noticing some plaque build up on his teeth and it was getting a little worse and worse, and I decided it would be better to have it removed now before it presented a problem," said Sgt. Brennan.

Doctor Katherine Queck says dental care for both cats and dogs is one of the most overlooked areas of pet health care, and bad dental care could lead to inflammation and infection.

Dr. Queck says, "Peritonitis is one of those things that we see very rampantly in our pets over the age of 3. In fact, we think there's probably an incidence of 85 to 90 percent of animals are infected with peritonitis." 

She says your pet's poor dental health can also damage your pets other organs like the heart, liver and kidneys as infections from their mouth spreads. "The animal is in chronic pain and has chronic infection and many people mistake for their animal simply getting old."

Bad breath, bleeding of the gums or even your animal avoiding dry food -- are all signs, according to Dr. Queck, that your pet may have a dental problem.

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