The most common disease affecting our pets is dental disease. It affects 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats by the time they are three years old. Periodontal disease not only causes bad breath, tooth loss and pain, but it also leads to heart, liver and kidney disease. Our veterinarians at Animal Health Services have many methods for helping you manage your pet’s oral health. Regular dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future complications.
We also have equipped the hospital with digital dental radiography. This technology offers a quick evaluation of your pet’s teeth, including any potential issues lurking under the gum line, so we can determine exactly what your pet needs.
Animal Health Services offers complete pet oral health services, including:
- Thorough dental cleanings
- Digital dental radiography
- Preventative dental care
- Emergency oral services
- Dental restoration
Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth
We know brushing your pet’s teeth can be a daunting task. It is often easier to start this routine when your pet is younger, but it is always worth starting a tooth brushing regimen at any age so you can protect your pet’s health.
No matter how old your pet is when you start brushing their teeth, though, you should still introduce the process slowly. Start by using just your finger and some water, then introduce a toothbrush, then introduce a pet-safe toothpaste.
If your pet really hates the process and you’re having a difficult time, talk to your Animal Health Services veterinarian for tips to make the process easier.