Studies indicate that animals can live 25% longer when they have proper veterinarian dental care over the course of their lives, versus animals not receiving dental care. In fact, hardened bacteria known as plaque and tartar can begin to form in the mouths of animals as young as one year of age. Without regular veterinary dental cleanings, these bacteria not only damage the teeth and gums, but ultimately the heart, liver, and kidneys. Keep your constant companion as healthy as possible with dental care at Madisonville Animal Hospital. Pets in the Madisonville, Mandeville, Covington, and Hammond areas rely on Dr. McDonald and her staff for veterinary dental care, and you can too by contacting us at 985-845-4681.