Did you know that our pets require regular dental care just like people? Imagine how your teeth, gums, and mouth would feel if you did not brush your teeth on a regular basis. More importantly, studies indicate that our pets can live longer lives with proper care of their teeth. At Clinton Animal Hospital, our experienced doctors understand the importance of regular veterinary dental cleanings to the overall health of a pet and will not only care clean and care for your pet’s teeth at our clinic, but also instruct you on proper dental care at home.
When should I begin to care for my pet’s oral hygiene?
Studies indicate that issues with the teeth can begin in pets as young as one year of age, and according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the majority of pets will have some form of periodontal disease by three years of age. Regardless of the age or condition of your pet’s teeth and mouth, set an appointment to bring them to Clinton Animal Hospital for an oral examination today!
How does dental disease begin in pets?
Without this regular cleaning and brushing, your pet will soon develop a thin layer of bacteria on their teeth and gum line. These bacteria then begin to harden to form tartar and plaque in the mouth of your pet. Unchecked, the bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease, making it difficult for your dog or cat to eat most foods. These bacteria in the mouth will also enter the bloodstream, causing damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys, while shortening the life expectancy of the pet.
What are some indications my pet may be suffering from periodontal disease?
While not all dental disease has noticeable signs, some of the common indications include:
- Bad breath
- Discolored or loose teeth
- Constant drooling
- Blood in the saliva
- Weight loss
- Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
If your pet exhibits any of these issues, please contact Clinton Animal Hospital to set an appointment right away.
Whether you have a puppy or kitten, or a senior dog or cat, it is never too early or too late to begin caring for their overall health through veterinary dentistry. Keep your precious pet feeling their best and healthy as long as possible by having your pet’s teeth examined by the compassionate professionals at Clinton Animal Hospital. Our clinic serves the veterinary dental needs of pets in the Clinton, Ethel, Zachary, and Slaughter areas, and we want to be there for the life of your furry family member as well.