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Dental Care

Lisa Mitchell, RVT and her Boston "Jett"

Do Pets Really Need Dental Care?

Yes! Pets, like people, need regular dental care. Studies have shown that greater than 85% of dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of dental and/or gum disease. Imagine not brushing your teeth or having them cleaned for 3 years!

How Is Dental and Gum Disease Prevented?

Dental and gum disease in cats and dogs can be prevented with routine dental cleanings, regular examinations, and a healthy diet. All of these can significantly improve your pet's quality of life and extend their longevity.

Unfortunately, there are some factors that contribute to tartar build-up that are beyond our control. These factors are why some pets need more dental care than others. Factors beyond our control include:

·        How much a pet chews its food

·        How much saliva a pet produces

·        The shape, size and placement of the teeth (genetic)

·        The type of bacteria in the mouth

What can you do?

Routine cleaning of your pets teeth at home and if necessary, dental prophylaxis provided by your veterinary care team.