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Jun 10 2022


Elevating Health Through Dental Care

A Healthy Mouth for a Healthier Life

Just as regular dental visits are crucial for your health, they are equally important for your pets. Neglecting your pet's dental health can lead to significant overall health issues. Surprisingly, dental care is often the most overlooked aspect of pet health care. Studies by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) reveal that two-thirds of pet owners do not follow through with the dental care recommended by veterinarians. Furthermore, the American Veterinary Dental Society points out that by the age of three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats exhibit signs of oral disease, which can escalate into more severe conditions affecting the heart, lungs, and kidneys.

"Without proper dental care, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three."

The Stark Reality of Neglect

This alarming statistic underscores the importance of proactive dental care. Bad breath in pets is not just unpleasant—it's often the first sign of oral health problems. Early detection and treatment by your veterinarian, coupled with at-home dental care, can prevent these issues from developing into serious health concerns.

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The Two Pillars of Veterinary Dental Care

Oral Examinations & Dental Cleanings

Effective dental care for your pet begins early and continues throughout their life. Our approach includes:

  • Early Evaluations: Starting in the puppy and kitten stages, our veterinarians assess for issues such as baby teeth problems, missing or extra teeth, and oral development irregularities.

  • Ongoing Assessment: As pets age, we monitor for plaque and tartar buildup, periodontal disease, and oral tumors, ensuring a proactive approach to dental health.

While basic oral exams can often be conducted without sedation, a complete and thorough examination, including dental cleanings, requires short-term anesthesia. This ensures the safety and comfort of your pet while allowing our veterinarians to provide the highest standard of care.

Prioritizing Your Pet's Dental Health

At Canton Animal Hospital, we understand the critical role dental health plays in your pet's overall wellbeing. Our dedicated team is committed to offering comprehensive dental services, from routine cleanings to addressing specific dental issues. By prioritizing dental care, we help ensure your pets lead happier, healthier lives.

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