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Posted on 02-07-2017

Did you know that pets get dental disease?

 

Our own human dentists have taught us that proper dental hygiene is important in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. The same holds true for our pets. Dental disease in pets is a frequent cause of bad breath and poor appetite. But did you know that it has also been tied to more serious conditions?


By the age of three, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, almost 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of gum disease.  The signs may be noticeable; bad breath or a lack of interest in eating, but they may also be very slight or even unnoticeable to many pet owners.  Left untreated for long periods of time, chronic infections in the mouth can lead to infections of other body organs. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it's completely preventable. Click the link and watch as Dr. Cindy Charlier  explains what periodontal disease is and how we can prevent our pets from getting it

We believe that good dental hygiene in our pets is not just about treating problems - it is about good prevention.
 
It starts with care at home.  Our staff is happy teach you how to examine your pet's mouth, the proper technique for brushing their teeth, as well as recommend treats and diets that support dental health.  Watch as Dr. Sheldon Rubin (speaking for the American Veterinary Medical Association) gives easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing. He also describes healthy treats, and explains the true risks of periodontal disease in pets. Here at Lakeshore Veterinary Hospital, Inc. we offer several products to help you keep on top of oral care at home.

Regular Check Ups:  A regular dental exam is just as important as your pet's annual exam, routine vaccinations, or regular parasite screenings.  As part of your pet's regularly scheduled preventive exam, we spend significant time examining the health of their teeth and gums.
Treat Early:  Regular dental cleanings are more effective, less stressful on your pet, and ultimately less expensive than waiting to treat serious problems. By performing regular dental cleanings, we can avoid many more serious dental problems like tooth extractions.

February is Pet Dental Health Month, a time of year where our entire team spends a few extra minutes with our patients and clients to discuss the importance of proper dental health in our pets.

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