Did you know that dental care is one of the most neglected aspects of animal health care? And did you also know that one of the most important things you can do for the overall health of your pets is to take care of their dental needs? The doctors at Northlake Veterinary Hospital have many years of experience in the successful treatment and prevention of oral disease in both dogs and cats. Standard dental care at Northlake Veterinary Hospital includes a thorough examination to determine if your pet will benefit from a professional cleaning and polishing or if any extractions are needed.
It is beneficial to begin dental care early since studies have shown that by three years of age, more than 80% of dogs and cats will have some degree of oral health issues. Dental disease in pets begins, just as it does in humans, with bacteria in the mouth. Without brushing or professional cleaning, these bacteria will begin to harden and form plaque in both humans and animals. Long-term neglect of the teeth can lead to tooth and gum decay, leading to pain and difficulty eating. Even worse, the constant swallowing of these bacteria can damage the liver, kidneys and heart.
Whether your pet is young or old, the caring doctors at Northlake Veterinary Hospital can create a plan that is right for you and your pet. Our knowledgeable veterinarians can instruct you on how to brush and care for your pet’s teeth at home, as well as determine a proper diet to promote their oral health. If you have any questions about dental health or the services we offer, feel free to contact us today.