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Does your best friend have bad breath?  Downtown Animal Hospital recognizes the role oral hygiene plays in an animal’s overall health.  Despite what many pet owners may believe, “dog breath” is not just a nuisance – it’s a sign of an unhealthy mouth.  Our pets are just as susceptible to tooth problems as we are.

Bad breath is caused by bacteria.  Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar build up on your pet’s teeth.  The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease.  As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth.  Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health because dental disease can be associated with other serious, irreversible health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease.

  • basic oral health exams
  • preventative at-home pet care dental instruction
  • Professional cleaning
  • Extractions
  • Minor Oral Surgery

Even if you’re using treats and chews to help control tartar, these are frequently not enough to keep dental disease in check.  Ask us about the best ways to control plaque and help protect your pet from dental disease.

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