Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health and if neglected serious illness can result. Dental problems could lead to disease in your pet if oral bacteria enter the blood stream and damage the kidneys, heart or liver. Despite its importance, dental disease is often overlooked by pet owners. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats will develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.
Dental disease and its serious consequences can be avoided by bringing your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings.
Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. You need to continue your veterinarian’s good work at home by brushing your pet’s teeth as part of a home dental care regimen. Any member of our staff can show you the proper method of brushing your pet’s teeth as well as help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.
- Any member of our staff can show you the proper method of brushing your pet’s teeth as well as help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.
- It is also important for you to recognize the signs and symptoms of 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