Village Animal Clinic Specializes in Pet Dentistry
Dental Diseases in Animals
Oral and dental diseases are unfortunately very common in companion and performance animals.
In fact, periodontal disease (gum disease) is the most common clinical condition in companion animals. It causes bad breath, oral pain, behavioral changes such as reduced appetite, and may affect distant organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart. Maintaining a healthy mouth will typically cost you less than $200 each year, but emergency care for organ failure due to poor oral hygiene could cost thousands, and more importantly, the life of your pet. In the event that you are looking for more information about dental disease in companion animals, the veterinary partner is a great source.
In addition to periodontal disease, many other abnormalities can affect the mouth and teeth of your pets. Has your pet had its mouth examined recently? If not, contact us at (248) 477-0334, and find out more about our own dental specialist, Dr. Tom Kavanagh. Dr. Kavanagh is now one of only three board certified veterinary dentists in Michigan.
Good oral health is an important component of general health for your pet, so call us today!
Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats
- Bad breath
- Red and/or swollen gums
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
If you think your pet needs dental care, we recommend that you make an appointment today to discuss an appropriate protocol for you and your pet. Dr Kavanagh is one of three veterinary dental specialists in the state of Michigan, and has helped thousands of owners and their pets.
Pet Plaque & Tartar Control
Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth if they are not kept clean. That means you need to brush your pets’ teeth, everyday if possible or as often as possible. At home care, combined with regular professional cleanings with your veterinarian, can add years to your pet’s lifespan.
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