Your pet’s oral health plays a critical role in his or her overall health and well being. Poor dental care can cause more than just bad breath or tooth loss. It can lead to periodontal disease, which, if left untreated, can cause a host of other serious health problems throughout the body, including kidney, heart and lung disease. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, by the age of 3, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have developed oral disease. In fact, periodontal disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Good dental care can prevent your pet from becoming a part of these statistics.
At Maritime Animal Hospital, we take your pet’s dental health seriously. We provide comprehensive dental care services including teeth cleaning and polishing to remove plaque and tartar and prevent buildup. We also offer surgical extractions as required.
To achieve good oral health, your pet’s teeth and gums should be evaluated by a veterinarian at least once a year. It’s also important to engage in healthy dental habits with your pet in between visits, including regular brushing at home. You should also carefully watch for signs of a possible problem. Common indicators of oral disease include tartar buildup, bad breath, red, swollen or bleeding gums, changes in eating or chewing habits and pawing at the face. If your pet is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, contact us today to make an appointment. We’ll work with you to help your pet achieve a healthy mouth for life.