One of the important things you can do for the overall health of your pet is to take care of their dental needs. Studies show that by three years of age, over 80% of dogs and cats have some degree of oral health issues, so it is beneficial to begin dental care early. Dr. Strickland and Dr. Daly both have many years of successful prevention and treatment of dental disease in pets in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area, and they will bring this same level of experience and compassion to your furry family member as well.
Dental disease in pets begins just as it does in humans, with bacteria in the mouth. Without brushing or professional cleaning, these bacteria will begin to harden and form plaque in both humans and animals. Long-term neglect of the teeth can lead to tooth and gum decay, leading to pain and difficulty eating. Even worse, the constant swallowing of these bacteria can damage the liver, kidneys and heart. Studies have indicated that dogs and cats receiving regular dental care can live up to 25% longer than pets not receiving treatment.
Whether you have a new pet or an older pet and have just learned about the importance of pet dental care, the caring doctors at Valley Veterinary Hospital can create a plan that is right for you and your pet. Our compassionate doctors can instruct you on how to brush and care for your pet’s teeth at home, as well as determine a proper diet for their oral health. A thorough examination will be performed to determine if any extractions are needed, and if your pet will benefit from a professional cleaning and polishing. Call one of our team members at Valley Veterinary Hospital and schedule your pet’s dental examination today!