Why is health and prevention important?
Believe it or not, dogs and cats are diagnosed with dental disease more than any other infection. In fact, approximately 85% of animals six years of age and older have some form of dental disease. Bacteria in the mouth cause pain and inflammation by attacking the gums, periodontal ligament, and bone tissues that surround and support the teeth. Cloquet Animal Hospital is well-equipped to provide pets with the proper oral care they need, including ultrasonic tartar removal and polishing to keep the teeth healthy. We also have a state-of-the-art dental x-ray machine and processor to assess dental disease below the surface. In addition, provide prophylactic dental cleanings and preventative care to help prevent animals from developing dental disease.
Symptoms of dental disease include:
Bad breath -one of the first signs of dental disease
A yellowish-brown crust of tartar on the teeth near the gum line
Red and swollen gums
Pain or bleeding when eating or when the mouth or gums are touched
Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
Loose or missing teeth
If you see any of the signs, please call to make an appointment so we can assess your pet's dental health.