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Dental Care for your pet
Imagine if you couldn’t brush your teeth and, little by little, plaque and the bacteria it creates eroded your teeth and caused serious infections throughout your body. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop some form of dental disease by the age of three.
Advances in veterinary dentistry available at Highland Pet Hospital will help prevent serious periodontal (gum) disease which is one of the most common preventable illnesses in pets. With routine cleaning, plaque is controlled before it develops into gingivitis and periodontal disease. This serious disease allows bacteria to enter the blood stream, causing infection and inflammation of a pet’s vital organs. Dental exams and cleaning also identifies and treats fractures, tumors and other dental problems, which often go undetected.
Because two-thirds of an animal’s tooth is below the gum line, professional oral cleaning is required to assure good oral health for your pet. It has a significant positive effect on your pet’s general health and well-being. HPH offers special rates on dental cleaning to assure professional oral care becomes part of your pet’s yearly treatment.
Our dental services include preventive scaling and polishing but we also provide surgical and medical treatment of periodontal disease, orthodontics and corrective and reconstructive oral surgery. In severe cases, especially with older pets, tooth extraction is necessary.
Home care is also important in preventing dental problems for your pets. Brushing, enzyme-treated chews, oral rinses, water additives and special diets are all available at HPH. Discuss the best options with our veterinarian.