Dental disease in veterinary patients is more common than most people realize. 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age have some degree of dental disease.
Oral health starts at home. Just like their human caretakers, brushing your pet’s teeth every day is the best way to prevent plaque build-up. There are pet friendly tooth brushes and tooth paste to fit any pets taste. For those patients who would prefer not to have their teeth brushed, there are many other products such as chews, pastes, water additives, and food that help reduce the plaque load. Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval, or browse the list of approved products at http://www.vohc.org/all_accepted_products.html
The best oral health regimen at home can not prevent all dental disease. Most pets will need their teeth to be professionally cleaned by our veterinary staff on a regular basis. At Hidden Valley Animal Hospital we offer full service dental cleanings including anesthesia, dental X-rays to assess everything below the gum line, scaling to remove tartar build up, and polish to give the enamel that perfect shine. If needed our doctors are able to treat various degrees of dental disease with antibiotic gel, or surgical tooth extraction. During their anesthetic procedure, your pet will be monitored by our highly trained support staff.