Dental care is very important for your pets and often goes unchecked. Dental care can help detect or prevent unwanted diseases, which will help your pet live a long and healthy life. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop some form of dental disease by the age of three. With routine cleaning, plaque is controlled before it develops into gingivitis and periodontal disease. This disease can cause serious infection and inflammation of a pet's vital organs. Dental exams and cleaning also identifies and treats fractures, tumors, and other dental problems, which often go undetected. Our dental services include preventative scaling and polishing but we also provide surgical and medical treatment of periodontal disease. In severe cases, especially with older pets, tooth extraction is necessary. Home care is also important in preventing dental problems for your pets. Brushing, enzyme-treated chews, oral rinses, water additives and special diets are all available at Aloha Veterinary Hospital. Discuss the best options with our veterinarians.