Dental Care Importance

Dental disease, what we can see with the naked eye and on x-ray, is a major cause of unrecognized pain for pets. Left untreated, dental disease can advance and cause kidney, liver and heart disease. Disease in this area has a direct impact on your pet’s quality of life.

In fact, dental disease (Periodontal Disease) affects over 75% of all dogs and cats that are greater than 2 years of age. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. Infections in and/or around teeth hurt and not only will our pets seldom let us know they hurt, they often go to substantial lengths to hide symptoms due to their survival instincts. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we (you and our team) can do something about it! It all starts with regular evaluations. Our doctors will “Grade” the status of your pet’s mouth with each regular Wellness visit (at least once per year to age 6 and at least twice per year over age 6). They will explain what the grade for your pet means and give you a specific course of action for your pet.

Part of the action our doctor’s may suggest is Dental Radiographs (X-Rays). Dental x-rays help us identify problems with teeth that we cannot otherwise see (Ex. abscessed roots). They also help us decide if a tooth can be saved or needs extraction.

Dental care is one important aspect of your pet’s health that together we can have a great positive impact. We encourage you to see your veterinarian regularly, have your pet evaluated and ask what you can do to help your pet be happy and healthy. Our doctors and staff are ready to help.

What our Clients are Saying

Since Dr. Lynch's return to practice, my Senior dog's problem of many years has improved tremendously with VOM, Acupuncture/Acupressure and Chinese herbs. Dr. Lynch's ability to assess the symptoms and zero in on an effective treatment was remarkable. I am thrilled to have these alternative veterinary services available in Traverse City.

~ Cindy H.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lynch for treatment. The acupuncture treatments that he has done for my cat, Maxx, have done a world of good. It has made a huge difference and the effects from the treatments have been immediate for Maxx. It is so nice to have this treatment option available.

~ Lori F.

I love everyone at Companion Animal Hospital!!!! Best place to take your pets, hands down! Miss seeing you all...I could have never asked for a better group of people to help with my babies

~ Emily H.

We have been taking our two cats and one dog to Dr. Izo for many years. She is an excellent, caring and down to earth person, who is a remarkable at what she does and the care she provides. The entire staff at CAHTC is great to deal with and they truly have your pet's best interest at heart.

~ Mark H.

Thanks to the entire staff of Companion Animal Hospital for tirelessly working with me to assist my dog with her fear of nail cutting! She is now able to have this procedure without any fears or resistance! Additionally the wellness care and the sincere interest in her from the staff is so nice. Always pleasant and professional the Doctors and staff are above average. I recommend this Animal Hospital to all my friends and co-workers and many now use them with the same satisfaction.

~ Denise B.

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