Preventative Dental Care At Lake Forest Animal Clinic
Pets are prone to dental disease, just like people. In fact, the majority of dogs and cats who don't receive preventative dental care will show signs of periodontal (gum) disease by the age of 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. Dental disease can cause a variety of problems for your pet, including tooth pain, difficulty eating, and weight loss. The bacteria associated with oral disease can enter the bloodstream and serve as a source of infection to various organs, including the kidneys, liver, and heart. Failure to get preventative dental care for your pet can lead to a lower quality of life in your pet's later years.
However, proper oral health care can add up to five years to your pet's life. Older pets may need dental cleanings more than once a year. Smaller breeds of dogs are more susceptible to periodontal disease than larger breeds. Visit our veterinarians at Lake Forest Animal Clinic so we can help your pet feel their best!
What Our Lake Forest Veterinarians Can Do
- Examinations: We will do a complete oral exam to look for periodontal disease, excessive tartar, loose, chipped or missing teeth, inflammed or bleeding gums, abnormal clicking sounds, or a sensitive and painful mouth. Contrary to popular believe, it is not normal for pets to have terribly smelly breath!
- Dental Cleanings: If we determine that your pet needs treatment, we will make recommendations for either an anesthetic or a non-anesthetic dental.
What You Can Do
- Be proactive after your pet's dental cleaning! Brush your pets teeth, use germ control dental sprays, and offer food (TD) especially formulated to reduce tartar formation.
- Bring your pet into Lake Forest Animal Clinic every 6 to 12 months for an oral exam and possible teeth cleaning.
- Contact us today with any questions!