This dog is suffering from severe dental calculus and periodontal disease. Difficulty chewing, pain, bleeding gums, and halitosis are just a few of the problems affecting this dog. Damage to the heart, kidneys and liver are the silent issues with poor dental health. Ask our staff if you have any questions about dental disease in your pet.
We see oral disease every day in general practice. Eighty percent of dogs and cats have significant periodontal diease by three years of age. Bright red gums, tartar, halitosis (bad breath), sensitivity when eating and drinking, weight loss and a change in disposition are all symptoms of oral disease.
Smaller breeds (Chihuahuas, Poodles, Shih Tzus, etc.) tend to accumulate more tartar then larger breeds of dogs. Many of the “age-related” diseases can be directly tied to poor oral health, particularly, heart disease and kidney disease. Many scientific studies show animals with regular oral health care live 2-3 years longer than those without proper preventative care. It is NOT true that cats and dogs have cleaner mouths than humans.
While difficult to provide your pet with regular brushing, there are are benficial products specifically made for dogs and cats that dramatically improve oral health. These products include dental chews and oral rinses.
Good oral care will SAVE YOU MONEY in future medical problems that could affect your beloved pet!
Below is an example of the benefit of a dental cleaning!
Teeth Before Cleaning
Same Teeth After Cleaning
We provide a full range of oral health care products in the office. Additionally, we offer complete dental care including routine cleanings, oral surgery, dental radiography, sealants and orthodontics. If you have any questions, or would like a free dental evaluation, please stop by or call to make an appointment!
Best to Brush
Daily tooth brushing is the best at-home method of ensuring your pet will enjoy good dental health. It’s easy, quick, and can be fun for both you and your pet.