dental1One of the most important things you can do for the overall health of your pets is to take care of their dental needs. Studies show that by three years of age, more than 80% of dogs and cats will have some degree of oral health issues, so it is beneficial to begin dental care early. Fortunately, the doctors at Northlake Veterinary Hospital have many years of successful treatment and prevention of oral disease in both dogs and cats.

Dental disease in pets begins, just as it does in humans, with bacteria in the mouth. Without brushing or professional cleaning, these bacteria will begin to harden and form plaque in both humans and animals. Long-term neglect of the teeth can lead to tooth and gum decay, leading to pain and difficulty eating. Even worse, the constant swallowing of these bacteria can damage the liver, kidneys and heart.

Whether you have a new pet or an older pet and have just learned about the importance of pet dental care, the caring doctors at Northlake Veterinary Hospital can create a plan that is right for you and your pet. Our compassionate doctors can instruct you on how to brush and care for your pet’s teeth at home, as well as determine a proper diet for their oral health. A thorough examination will be performed to determine if any extractions are needed, and if your pet will benefit from a professional cleaning and polishing.

If you have any questions about dental health or the services we offer, feel free to contact us today at (985) 626-7522 .