Pet Dental Care – Is it Really Necessary?
Did you know that the less-than-pleasant doggie or kitty breath you’ve come to know and love isn’t normal? By far, dental disease is the most common cause of bad breath in pets, and according to the American Veterinary Dental Association, up to 80% of dogs and cats develop some form of the disease by the age of three.
Making pet dental care a priority is one of the most proactive things you can do for your pet’s long-term health, and Goldorado Animal Hospital is here to get you started!
Beyond the Pearly Whites
You probably wouldn’t consider going a few days, weeks, or months without brushing your teeth, but for most pets, this is a reality. It’s easy to assume that pets don’t need regular dental care, but that simply isn’t the case. The health of our pet’s teeth and gums is commonly ignored, but letting your pet’s dental hygiene slide can lead to a host of serious health issues.
Without daily cleaning, plaque and tartar can build up on the teeth, causing inflammation of the surrounding tissues. This painful process, also called periodontal or dental disease, can lead to tooth loss and may impact the heart, lungs, and other major organs if left unchecked. Pets who live years with untreated dental disease often have significant pain, health problems, and decreased lifespans.
Dental Care at Home
Good pet dental care begins at home. Daily toothbrushing is the most effective way to combat dental disease and is the foundation of at-home dental care.
Although brushing takes a little time and commitment, most pets eventually come to tolerate this simple procedure fairly well. If you’re struggling, ask your veterinarian for tips on proper tooth brushing techniques.
Even though we brush our teeth every day, we still need to visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. The same goes for our pets, and most will require comprehensive dental examinations and thorough professional cleanings throughout their lives.
Because we can’t simply ask pets to open their mouths and sit still, anesthesia is necessary in order to thoroughly examine, x-ray, and clean a pet’s teeth. Your pet’s oral health will be assessed during every wellness visit, and recommendations will be made regarding any necessary follow-up either at home or at our hospital.
It’s never too late to give your pet’s oral health a fresh start! Give us a call today to get your pet’s dental health back on track.