One of the most important items of care for dogs and cats is their dental health. Studies show that regular dental care at home and at a veterinarian can extend the life of a pet by 25%! At All Creatures, Dr. Streit and Dr. Hughes have many years of experience in veterinary dental care. Our veterinarians have a special interest in dentistry, and attend conferences around the country to insure we offer our pets the safest and most effective oral care. Dental care at All Creatures includes all levels of oral care including cleaning and polishing, digital dental x-rays as necessary, and extractions if required. Our caring doctors continually invest in new technology for the life of your pet, and our dental suite is a priority. Our suite is equipped with the latest tools in veterinary dentistry. Our doctor’s knowledge coupled with our hospital’s state-of-the-art dentistry suite means your pet will receive the very best dental care at All Creatures.
Dental disease can begin in pets as young as one year of age. Just as with people, bacteria form a film over the teeth and gums without regular dental care. These bacteria begin to harden over time and form visible plaque and tarter. Left without cleaning, the plaque and tarter can spread beneath the gum line and can cause pain and swelling making it difficult for them to eat, and lead to permanent tooth damage as well. Without the benefit of dental care at home or that of a veterinarian, the pet will continuously swallow the harmful bacteria which can cause damage to the liver, kidneys and heart. Organ damage associated with lack of dental care is the primary reason dogs and cats can live longer than those without this benefit.
The doctors at All Creatures recommend beginning caring for your pet’s oral health as soon as they come into your life, whether they are young or adult age. Drs. Streit and Hughes can teach you how to care for your pet’s teeth at home. They will also recommend food and supplements that help keep your pet’s mouth healthy between veterinary visits. Regardless if you have a new puppy or kitten, or a grown pet who has never had dental care before, it is important to implement an oral health program right away. Call one of the caring team members at All Creatures and schedule a dental consultation for your furry family member today!
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