Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys and has the potential to seep into your pet’s bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.
Although regular wellness appointments include an oral exam, being vigilant about signs of dental issues is equally important. If you notice stinky breath, irritated gums, excessive drooling, reluctance to eat, loose or discolored teeth, or signs of mouth bleeding, it’s time to schedule a dental checkup for your furry friend.
Regular dental cleanings play a pivotal role in preventing oral infections, damage to teeth and tissues, painful abscesses, and potentially harmful bacteria from entering the bloodstream. Research highlights the impact of inflammation on overall health, underscoring the necessity of maintaining good oral hygiene for your pet.
Daily brushing and specific diets can significantly reduce plaque buildup on your pet’s teeth. While at-home care is essential, it complements professional dental cleanings and serves as a bonding experience with your animal companion.