Keeping Norwood Pets Smiling
Dental care is a primary health concern for the veterinarians at Norwood Animal Hospital. It should be for your family, too. Poor dental health can lead to serious long-term health effects. That’s why we perform dental evaluations with every visit.
We also offer:
- Comprehensive pet dental scalings
- Routine pet dental surgery
- Dietary and preventive care measures
Preventing dental health issues means you are preventing many overall pet health issues. Dental exams and cleanings give us the opportunity to determine if your pet’s oral health issues indicate a serious disease or health problem.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 85% of dogs and cats over 4 years of age have some degree of periodontal disease. Dogs are at risk for periodontal disease because of the higher odds of injury to their teeth, both above and below the gum line. This is due to their chewing and tugging behaviors. Cats are also at risk due to their lack of chewing behavior, which allows soft food to accumulate along the gum line and form plaque.
Periodontal disease results from plaque buildup. Periodontal disease can lead to:
- Inflammation of the gum tissue
- Infection of the bone, allowing bacteria into the blood stream where they can cause kidney, heart, liver, brain, and lung disease
Because of the seriousness of these potential problems, each dentistry patient at Norwood Animal Hospital is provided with the appropriate therapeutic diet care and other home care recommendations after cleanings, procedures, or surgeries.