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Gateway Animal Hospitals uses the latest ultra sound technology to clean your dogs and cats teeth. This service is recommended for your pet’s health and should be performed routinely at least once a year.

Does your dog or cat have bad breath? Does he eat his or her food carefully? Have you noticed pain or bleeding from the mouth when eating, or a foul smelling yellow-brown crust around the gum line? Any or all of these signs could mean dental disease, a painful and serious problem that requires veterinary attention.

The original cause of most dental problems is plaque, a colorless film that contains a large number of harmful bacteria. Because your pet doesn’t brush his teeth like you do, this plaque can cause tartar to develop on the tooth near and under the gum line. The result is swelling, redness and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), and eventually periodontal disease, which can destroy the gums and tissue that support the teeth. There are significant risks associated with poor oral health.By the age of three most pets show some sign of dental disease.

Periodontal disease in pets has been associated with liver, kidney and heart disease. Periodontal disease in pets can lead to poor general health. The good news is that dental disease is a preventable and treatable problem in most pets. Come in soon for a complete oral checkup for your pet, and schedule regular dental cleanings to help keep your pet in the best of health.