Do us a favor….then next time your pet leans in for a wet, slobbery kiss or a loving head butt, take a big whiff. Did you get the urge to reach for a breath mint? Or worse – did you find yourself shying away from that special bonding moment altogether?

Contrary to popular belief, bad breath isn’t something that pet owners simply have to learn to live with. In fact, that odor may be a sign of an underlying dental problem – along with other telltale signs, like yellow, broken or missing teeth and swollen, red or bleeding gums. The problem is, if not properly cared for, your companion’s mouth can become a haven for dangerous bacteria. This can eventually lead to everything from tooth loss to dental disease, a serious and sometimes life threatening condition.

You can help keep your pet protected by making a commitment to regular dental care, both professional and at home. Barre Animal Hospital offers routine and advanced pet dentistry services to help prevent dental problems and manage those that already exist. Our professional pet dentistry services include thorough dental exams, teeth cleaning and polishing, dental x-rays, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery. For optimum results, we recommend bringing your pet in for dental care at last once a year.

We’re also happy to educate you on the important role you play as part of your pet’s dental care team. Along with annual dental exams and cleanings, you should also be engaging in home dental care for your pet, including daily brushing to prevent plaque buildup and keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy and clean. Our team can provide demonstrations on proper home brushing techniques, as well as advice and recommendations on certain products you can use to support good oral health in between vet visits.

If you want your pet to enjoy a long, healthy life – and we know you do – don’t reach for the breath mints. Make a commitment to dental care. Together we’ll help your companion enjoy a fresh, healthy smile for life!