Our veterinarians continue to evolve our dental standards through regular discussions with veterinary dentists to ensure we remain at the forefront of veterinary dental practices.
Periodontal disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, and pet owners often overlook the importance of dental health. More than 85% of dogs and cats over four years of age suffer from periodontal disease. Bad breath is usually the first sign of this condition. If left untreated, the same bacterium that causes bad breath can spread through the bloodstream and damage the kidneys, heart, and other organs. Other signs of periodontal disease include bleeding gums; loss of appetite; pawing at the face; irritability, lethargy, and depression. Your pet is never too old for routine dental care. You can reduce the risk of periodontal disease with a comprehensive dental examination, professional dental cleaning, and good home preventative care.
We recommend a yearly oral exam and cleaning for pets with no periodontal problems. For pets previously diagnosed with periodontal disease, we recommend they be seen every six months to keep their mouth healthy and pain-free. Our dental services include routine cleaning, polishing, extractions, digital X-rays, and oral surgery. We also have access to dental specialists. Home care is also critical, and we offer many items to aid you in caring for your pet’s teeth; including flavored/edible toothpaste (never use human toothpaste); specially designed toothbrushes; weekly plaque prevention kits; oral rinses; dental chews with enzymatic properties.
We also offer a unique dental diet for dogs. All these items can help reduce tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth before or after a dental cleaning. It is essential to start these preventatives early so your pet learns to tolerate them. However, not all animals will allow brushing, so we offer many other alternatives. It is never too late to start taking care of your pet’s teeth; please call or come in to speak with one of our staff to discuss the best option for your pet.