Clean teeth and healthy gums play an important role in your pet’s overall wellness and longevity. Without adequate care, tartar and bacteria form on the teeth and below the gum line, spreading infection throughout your companion’s entire body and even shortening his or her life. Yet pet’s dental care remains one of the most often neglected components of veterinary medicine. In fact, the majority of adult dogs and cats already suffer from some type of dental problem, up to and including periodontal disease.

The good news is you can help protect your loved one from these risks by bringing them in for regular professional dental care. The Holt Veterinary Clinic offers both routine preventive pet dentistry, as well as the advanced treatment of existing oral health problems. Whether it’s a simple dental exam or cleaning or something more serious, like an abscessed tooth extraction or gum disease treatment, we’re prepared to address your pet’s oral health.

Some of the signs that may indicate that your pet is suffering from an oral health problem include, but are not limited to:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose, discolored, broken or missing teeth
  • Shying away from being touched around the mouth area
  • Excessive drooling or dropping food
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Loss of appetite and/or rapid weight loss due to lack of eating

If you notice any of these things, it’s time to schedule a professional dental exam right away. The sooner we can address your pet’s oral health issues, the better the chances of a positive outcome. Even if you’ve never given your pet’s teeth and gums a second thought, it’s never too late to start!

Finally, although equally as important, is the role that you play as part of your pet’s dental care team. Our efforts to keep plaque and tartar at bay are only effective if you do your part to help your pet maintain clean teeth and healthy gums in between veterinary visits. Daily brushing and the use of certain products that are designed to support good oral health can help achieve the goal we’re striving for – keeping your furry friend smiling pretty for many years to come!

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