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Dental Care

Caring for your pet’s dental health.

Did you know that you can add two to four years to your pet’s life with proper dental care?

Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health and if neglected serious illness can result. Dental problems can lead to larger systemic issues in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver. Despite its importance, dental disease is often overlooked by many pet owners. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.

Dental disease and its serious consequences can be avoided by bringing your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. This is why Ranch Animal Hospital offers full dental cleanings and exams.

Home Dental Care

Dental care does not end with a visit to Ranch Animal Hospital. You need to continue our doctors good work at home by brushing your pet’s teeth as part of a home dental care regimen. Any member of our staff can show you the proper method of brushing your pet’s teeth as well as help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.

It is also important for you to recognize the signs and symptoms of dental problems, which include:

  • Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth