Dental cleanings are one of the most common procedures performed at Animal Hospitals and for good reason…80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 have some degree of dental disease! Left untreated, dental disease can progress causing significant pain and life threatening conditions of other organs particularly the heart and kidneys.
Signs that your pet is suffering from dental disease can vary from foul breath, dropping food or pawing at the face and avoiding chewing harder objects. It is important to remember that the anatomy of a cat or dog’s tooth is very similar to our own. There are nerves and blood supply to each tooth. A toothache causes pain for our animals just as much as it would for us. They are just much better at hiding that pain.
Prevention of dental disease comes down to home dental care (brushing, diet, chew treats/toys or water additives) and regular veterinary exams and professional cleanings. At Lockerby Animal Hospital we believe that routine preventive dental health care is one of the most important things you can do to improve your pet’s quality of life.