The health care team at West Lorne Animal Hospital are dedicated to the health and well being of your pet. The prevention and early detection of disease give us the opportunity to significantly improve your pet’s quality of life and longevity. This is especially true with periodontal (dental) disease, which is the most commonly found health problem in our pets. Did you know that more than 85% of pets over the age of two years have some form of periodontal disease?
How can I tell if my pet is having dental problems?
In many instances, the changes associated with dental disease go unnoticed. Pets may continue to eat and chew normally while coping with a potentially painful underlying dental problem. Without regular brushing or cleaning, plaque and calculus will accumulate on their teeth. This may result in bacteria intermittently showering the bloodstream, which can cause heart and kidney disease. Halitosis (bad breath) usually indicates that a problem exists.
What can I do if I suspect my pet may be suffering from dental disease?
If you have any concerns about your pet’s oral health, please call us to book a dental exam. Our doctors will assess your pet’s dental health. We can then make recommendations as to whether your pet requires a dental cleaning or if his or her condition can be managed with diet and preventative home care. Our goal is to ensure your pet keeps his or her healthy smile for many years to come!