The Importance of Dental Hygiene
Regular pet dental care does more than just keep your pet's breath fresh and clean. We recommend regular dental cleanings and oral exams.
Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet's health and can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to larger systemic issues in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.
Dental disease and its serious consequences can be avoided by having a regular dental check-up and teeth cleaning. Should we find a problem, we are more than capable of offering a wide range of dental procedures and, in complicated cases, referrals to specialists.
It is also important for you to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of pet dental problems, which include:
- Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
Prevention: The Best Medicine
Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. Good work should be continued at home. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home pet dental care. There are many available products to help you with your home dental care such as dental gels, biscuits and chews. We also have an amazing new dental solution that can be added to drinking water called Happy Mouth - please ask the surgery for more details.