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If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know that oral issues can be incredibly painful and uncomfortable. What’s more, infections in your mouth can quickly reach other areas of the body and cause damage to overall health. Dental care is historically one of the most commonly neglected areas of pet care. Not surprisingly, then, the American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that more than 70% of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by the time they reach age 3. Though dogs are at a slightly higher risk of dental disease than cats, the fact remains that proper dental care can add up to 5 years to the life of your pet.
Your pet’s complete dental cleaning includes a thorough examination, digital x-rays and extractions if necessary. Remember, diseased or broken teeth aren’t just a health risk for your animal, they’re also incredibly painful.
Dog breeds at increased risk for dental disease include:
Cat breeds at increased risk for dental disease include:
Clinical or Behavioral Signs of Oral Disease include: