Keeping Your Pet

little boy and his dog

Although many pet owners believe bad dog or cat breath is a natural nuisance, it can actually be a sign of poor dental health. Bad breath is caused by bacteria, which can lead to plaque and tartar buildup over time. This buildup can then lead to tooth and gum disease, which will negatively affect other parts of the body, like the kidneys, heart or liver.

As you can see, veterinary dental care is an important aspect of your pet’s wellness. Companion Animal Clinic will thoroughly examine your pet’s teeth and gums to prevent health issues down the line and to keep your pet smiling.



Examining Your Pet’s Mouth

It may be difficult to tell if your pet is just having a bad breath day or if it’s a sign of a more serious dental problem. The best way to find out is to bring your pet in for an exam.

We will check your cat or dog’s teeth and gums to determine if any dental issues exist. When necessary, we will perform professional dental cleanings and more detailed examinations that require anesthesia. We also perform extractions for cases where it’s the best solution.

Look for signs of drooling, discomfort while chewing and loose or missing teeth if you are concerned about your pet’s oral health. These sign often appear as dental disease progresses.

Dental problems can often be managed at home. Our veterinary experts will give you the advice and tools you need to take care of any minor oral health issues. Please refer to our how-to video to get you started. We recommend that you bring your pet in for regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, and that you brush your pet's teeth daily or at least three times a week.

A healthy mouth leads to a healthy life for your animal companion. We are dedicated to making your pet look and feel great. Call us with any questions about your pet’s dental hygiene or to schedule an appointment!

Jack Russell Terrier Smiles wide to show his teeth

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