Dental disease is the most common disease among pets. Proper dental care not only prevents bad breath and tooth loss, but also prevents infection from spreading through the blood stream to your pet’s liver, kidneys and heart. At West Gate Veterinary Hospital, we provide dental cleanings necessary for maintaining proper oral health. Our staff can grade the severity of dental disease and can make a recommendation for your pet. Your pet may need a dental prophylaxis, which is done under general anesthesia to completely remove the tartar buildup and check your pet’s teeth and gums for any abnormalities such as loose or broken teeth that may need to be addressed. After your pet’s teeth are cleaned, our team will assist you with an at home care plan to keep your pet’s breath fresh and teeth healthy.
Did you know that more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by the age of two? (Source: American Veterinary Medical Association) These are eye-opening figures, especially when you consider that dental disease can lead to bacteria entering your pet’s bloodstream, which may result in serious damage to the heart, liver and kidneys. Clearly, there’s an urgent need for proper dental care.
Does your pet suffer from any of these symptoms?
- Bad breath
- Yellowish plaque on your pet’s teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats
- Missing or loose teeth
If you’ve seen any of these symptoms, it may be a sign your pet needs prompt dental care. Call us at 334-347-3475.