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Many of us love our pets and want to provide the best possible care for them.  Not only do our pets need routine vaccinations, deworming, heartworm preventatives, flea and tick preventatives; they also need routine dental care.

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three, often indicated by bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and mouth and depression.  These are very harsh statistics.  We would like to help you keep your pet as healthy as possible with routine care.

It may not always be apparent that your pet is having teeth or gum problems.  Some symptoms are vague such as persistent bad breath, change in eating habits, sensitivity of the mouth, or lethargy.  Other times, your pet may have bleeding gums, swellings of the face/jaw, or even pain associated with examination of the mouth.  If you have noticed any of these symptoms in your pet, please call or stop in so that we can help you to assess the problem and prescribe the correct treatment. 

There are a number of ways that you can care for your pet's teeth and gums.

  • Feeding hard food.
  • Brushing teeth daily.
  • Provide dental chews or treats.
  • Annual oral examinations.
  • Dental cleanings and polishings as directed by your veterinarian.


The adverse effects of poor dental health can be dangerous to your pet's general health.  Poor dental care can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, or tooth abcessation.  Bacteria from the plague can enter the bloodstream through infected, bleeding gums and affect the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.  This can create serious even fatal health problems in dogs and cats.
We provide oral examinations and offer dental cleaning, scaling, polishing, and tooth extraction among our many services.  If you are in search of pet toothpaste, pet toothbrushes or dental treats, stop in and see our wide selection of products on hand.  If you have concerns, please schedule an appointment today.

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Lake Area Veterinary Clinic
601 10th St SW
 Watertown, SD  57201
fax (605)886-3142

Monday - Friday 8:00-5:30
Saturday 8:00-Noon

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