Meet our friend Cooper, a 2-year old Cocker Spaniel Mix, who visited us for a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment (COHAT). He had significant gingivitis and calculus (tartar) buildup. Despite his young age, he still had early stage periodontitis. 80% of dogs over the age of 3 have periodontal disease like Cooper. The first sign of disease noticed by owners is usually bad breath. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, but only controlled by frequent professional cleanings under anesthesia and daily oral home care, such as brushing. Cooper was assessed with total mouth x-rays, his teeth were treated and cleaned with ultrasonic scaling above and below the gum line and followed by polishing. Fortunately for Cooper, his periodontal disease was caught early, so he did not need any additional treatment, such as extractions. We loved working with Cooper and look forward to his annual visits!