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Stay aware of dental disease in dogs

Published: Jul 31, 2012

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Many owners pay close attention to what goes into their pet's mouth, but don't pay much mind to the health of this area. Dental disease in dogs is one of the most common health problems in pets, and is one many owners either don't know about or don't take seriously enough, reports.

Dr. Fretorry Rogers, a veterinarian in San Antonio, told the news outlet that by the time pets reach the age of 3 or 4, about 70 to 80 percent of them start having problems with their teeth. Dental problems are worse than bad breath, too. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, few pets show obvious signs of dental disease - it is up to the pet's family and their veterinarian to discover and treat it.

Dental disease can cause pain in dogs because it can lead to inflammation and infection of the gums, and periodontal disease can cause tooth loss. When infection reaches under the gumline, it can affect the dog's heart and other internal organs, the news outlet reports.

Owners can prevent dental disease by having routine dental cleanings with their veterinarian, brushing their dog's teeth daily with pet toothpaste, and adding certain products to their water to clean their teeth. Rawhide chews, rubber chew toys and rope toys can also help remove plaque from dogs' teeth, according to the news source.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

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Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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