Dental Care

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Your pet needs dental care – regular, professional care from your veterinarian, as well as care at home from you. An astounding 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS).

As always, proper care and prevention are the best tools to fight gum disease and dental issues.  A convenient and effective way to combat oral disease is by feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in combating plaque and tartar buildup. The Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council appears on products that meet defined standards for plaque and tartar control in dogs and cats.

What if your pet has gum disease?  If your pet will allow it, open its mouth and look inside. Look for the warning signs of gum disease – bad breath, red and swollen gums, a yellow-brown crust of tartar around the gumline, and pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth. If you suspect an issue, bring your pet in for a dental exam. Don’t wait for his annual checkup if there’s a problem.

At Springfield Veterinary Center we provide dental cleanings, evaluations and extractions as well as preventative maintenance.  Full anesthetic precautions and protocols are followed (see surgical anesthetic procedures).  Thorough periodontal evaluations are performed at every prophylactic dental cleaning and polishing.

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