Good oral hygiene is not only important for people, but our fur babies as well. Harmful bacteria can grow in our pet’s mouths when we don’t take proper steps to keep their oral hygiene a priority.

Bacteria such as tartar and plaque can begin to form in pets as young as one year of age. Without proper brushing and polishing, dogs and cats show signs of gum disease and tooth decay due to lack of proper dental care by the age of four years. Left unchecked, these bacteria can ultimately not only cause problems to your pet’s teeth, but their lungs, kidney and even heart as well. Periodontal disease is one of the most common reasons people ultimately bring their dogs and cats to a veterinarian.

Typically the first sign of dental diseases is bad breath. The experienced doctors at Lee’s Veterinary Hospital can show you a number of ways to stay on top of clean teeth and healthy gums with at home. Our doctors will counsel you on products to use at home including chew toys, food, treats and teeth brushing kits to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. If after your thorough examination our doctors determine that your pet is suffering from periodontal disease, Lee’s Veterinary Hospital offers full dental cleaning services at our clinic. Our caring doctors can clean and polish your pet’s teeth, and make extractions as necessary.

If you feel your pet is suffering from unusual bad breath or dirty teeth please contact our staff to set up an examination. Our experienced and caring doctors have cared for hundreds of mouths, and are here for your pet as well!