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You Mean I Have to Brush My Pet’s Teeth? (Pets Get Dental Disease Too)

Believe it or not, our pets are just as susceptible to dental disease as people are, and the cause is the same. Gum infection caused by bacteria that is present in dental plaque can lead to bad breath (halitosis), dental PAIN, gingivitis, tooth loss, and bone infection. The buildup of dental plaque starts within hours after a meal. Daily brushing helps prevent buildup of tartar and is the foundation of a good oral health program ( www.vohc.org/perio.htm). Daily use of products that display the VOHC Seal also help maintain clean teeth and healthy gums. Regular oral exams by a veterinarian is critical to the success of this program.

Dental disease can be significant factor leading to the development of other serious diseases such as heart disease, liver disease, and kidney disease. For this reason, a good preventative dental health program is recommended for all dogs and cats. 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will be diagnosed with dental disease by the age of 3 years according to the American Veterinary Dental Society (www.avmamedia.org) .

The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt recommends twice yearly wellness exams that include a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment based on clinical findings. Our doctors have received extensive training in the detection of dental diseases and treatment. We are fully equipped to evaluate your pet’s oral health, take digital dental X-rays and interpret them, and perform ultrasonic dental scaling and flushing under the gumline. Should it be determined that the teeth need bonded sealants or extractions, we can address those needs as well. We can also evaluate proper tooth eruption in young dog and cats and provide necessary intervention to allow the permanent teeth to erupt properly.

Unfortunately, most pets do not receive regular preventative dental care and subsequently have to undergo dental extractions as their first experience in dental treatment. This can be prevented with routine dental care. Help us Celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month this February by calling for an appointment to evaluate your pet’s oral health.






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  • "I have been taking my 16 year old lab, Oscar, to this vet since he came to me in 2004, and I wouldn't take any of my dogs anywhere else! They are so wonderful with both pets and people. I would recommend any of the doctors and staff to anyone."
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  • "We have been going to another vet for years. We wanted to have our year old Wheaten Terrier, Rylee spayed by laparoscopy so she would have less pain and be back to her usual activity in 2-3 days instead of 10-14 days. Our vet does the traditional spay. We had a consult meet and greet with Dr. Courtney Pierce. She answered all our questions and so friendly and professional. They have a state of the art OR suite. Rylee did great. On post op day three she spotted a squirrel and did an all out chase with no ill effects! All the staff were great."
    Linda A
  • "I love Dr. Jernigan at AHLB and would never take my dog anywhere else! The staff is excellent with animals and always professional, courteous and respectful to owners. I have trusted this animal hospital for all of my dog's care, including check ups, surgeries (she's had three!) and for boarding when we have to go out of town. Every experience I have had here has been wonderful and I highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a veterinary office for their furry children!."
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