Prevent Disease With Pet Dental Care
In recent years, veterinary research has demonstrated the substantial impact dental disease can have on pet health and longevity. As a preventive measure, dental care offers a significant advantage for your dogs and cats. Duxbury Animal Hospital provides dental assessments as part of every wellness exam, with recommendations for teeth cleanings and any necessary dental care.
Dental Disease Makes Your Pet Sick!
Dental disease can be life threatening, stressing the immune system and damaging major organs such as the liver, kidneys, and heart. Periodontal disease is a gradual destruction of the gums by bacteria, causing 95% of all cases of bad breath. It is the number one health problem diagnosed in cats and dogs over four years of age.
The first sign of dental problems in people is usually pain. In the wild, dogs and cats that show signs of pain will often become prey to healthier animals, so they will hide discomfort very well. Therefore, there may be no outward signs of early dental disease or the resulting pain. In advanced cases, periodontal disease results in infected, foul-smelling, loosened teeth and a massive, unsightly accumulation of tartar. In a person, this would be excruciating.
Only an oral exam can determine if a problem exists. Typically, we perform these exams annually, to catch developing disease in the early stages. Early diagnosis allows us to begin dental care before the pain causes your pet to suffer and prevents the development of more serious medical issues.
Pet Dental Services
To keep your pet’s dental health at its best, we provide an extensive dental care program designed to treat and prevent dental disease. Our dental services include teeth cleaning, polishing, tooth extractions, and oral surgery.
Preventive dental care includes having your pet’s teeth examined and cleaned on a regular basis. The deep exam and thorough cleaning is performed under anesthesia, for patient comfort and safety. Digital dental X-rays are performed as needed to assess the health of the teeth below the gum line. This safe and effective procedure can add years to the life of your pet.
Read More About Our Dental Care Program
Learn more about pet dental disease, teeth cleaning for your dog and cat, and how we help prevent these problems in our patients:
The recommendations found in this handout will help prolong your pet’s life and improve the quality of those added years.
Contact our hospital to schedule a dental exam and cleaning for your special pet.