Research has shown that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of oral disease include:
- Tartar buildup
- Red and swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Generalized depression
Dental disease can affect a number of organs in the body because bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and cause serious health problems, such as kidney infections, liver disease, and lung disease.
We recommend that your petís dental health be evaluated at least once a year because bacteria and food debris can accumulate and if left unchecked and untreated, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss.
It may be recommended that your pet come in for a dental cleaning (prophylaxis).
Our hospital houses a fully-functional dental suite complete with a digital dental xray machine.
Our dental technician provides full dental prophylaxis services, which includes scaling, polishing and fluoride treatment of the teeth.
Watch the video below to find out what happens when your pet comes to the Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital for a dental cleaning. (Warning: there are graphic medical images in this video).
Dental Care Products
We offer dental care products for sale as well, such as:
- dental diets
- pet-friendly flavoured toothpastes
- mouth rinses
- dental chews
These products can help to significantly reduce the amount of build-up on your pet's teeth when used consistently.
Here are some resources where you can brush up on pet oral hygiene and dental health: