Do you know the number one disease affecting cats and dogs today? If you guessed dental disease, you’re right! According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal (dental) disease by the age of three, and it often goes untreated.
Periodontal disease isn’t just about bad breath, although that is one of the first signs that your pet’s mouth isn’t healthy. It can cause discomfort, tooth loss, gum inflammation and eating problems for your pet. And do you see your dog panting when she gets hot or excited? All that air is passing over teeth and gums full of plaque, tartar, and bacteria, which can get into your pet’s lungs and cause chronic respiratory issues.
At later stages, that bacteria can enter your dog or cat’s bloodstream and cause serious problems for the heart and other vital organs.
At College Park Veterinary Clinic we understand that dental disease is a preventable issue and strive to provide you with the at home tools and in-clinic treatment to maintain good oral health and prevent dental problems. In addition to regular dental exams, we offer full pet dental care, including:
- Anesthetic cleaning and polishing
- Digital dental X-rays to see below the gumline where most dental disease is present
- Extractions when necessary
- Oral surgery
Call us today for a free dental consult with one of our trained veterinary staff!