Did you know that more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by the age of two? (Source: American Veterinary Medical Association) These are eye-opening figures, especially when you consider that dental disease can lead to bacteria entering your pet’s bloodstream, which may result in serious damage to the heart, liver and kidneys.
Dental cleanings are important to the health of your pet, not only to remove the tartar that can build up on the teeth and gums but for their over-all health. Decay of soft tissue and bone that surround the teeth can result in irreversible periodontal disease and tooth loss. Organs in the body can also be affected by dental disease. Bacteria that is in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and effect the heart, liver, and kidneys.
We recommend that pets receive an oral evaluation at least once a year to determine whether they need a dental scaling performed.
- Dental Cleanings, which are more complex than human dental cleanings, and require general anesthesia and a full day at the hospital
- Pre-Dental Workups, including in-hospital blood work
- Advanced Dentistry, including tooth extractions
- Home Prevention training for pet owners who want to clean their pet’s teeth at home
Does your pet suffer from any of these symptoms?
- Bad breath
- Yellowish plaque on your pet’s teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats
- Missing or loose teeth
If you’ve seen any of these symptoms, it may be a sign your pet needs dental care immediately.