Preventative dental care helps protect your pet and catch problems before they become more serious. At Linwood Animal Clinic, we recommend that pets have a dental exam at least once a year. Most pet dental disease occurs below the gums, where you can’t see it. Left untreated, dental disease isn’t just bad for your pet’s teeth; it can damage internal organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. 

Signs of mouth and tooth disease to look out for:

  • Reduced appetite
  • Preference for soft food or table scraps over normal hard food
  • Chewing on one side of mouth or slow or deliberate chewing
  • Reduction in grooming behavior (mostly cats)
  • Pawing at mouth/face
  • Excessive slobbering/salivation
  • More sneezing than normal
  • Nasal discharge
  • Acting head shy (not allowing petting of head, possible aggression when head touched)

We also recommend at-home dental care including brushing your pet’s teeth regularly which is the single most effective way to maintain dental health between professional dental cleanings. 

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They have been so incredibly wonderful to my family. They cared for my giant malamute mix for his entire life. From the first months, to the final days of his life, words can't express how well I was taken care of by the staff here. When we decided to get a new puppy, there was no question which clinic we would go to. Doctor Cain is a truly amazing veterinarian, the entire staff is wonderful, friendly and caring. – Hayley