Understanding the Importance of Dental Check Ups for Pets
Pets are susceptible to plaque, dental tartar, tooth decay, oral cancer, and other dental problems – just like people – but for some reason many pet owners don’t provide pet dental services to their animals. This obviously increases their pet’s risk of serious dental problems. Here are some great reasons to make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for pet dental services as soon as possible.
Improve Your Pet’s Overall Comfort & Health
Without regular dental cleaning, a dog or cat’s teeth can develop harmful plaque and tartar buildup. This buildup leads to foul breath, pain, and increases a pet’s risk of gum disease. Gum Disease (periodontal disease) can lead to dangerous and painful oral infections, and eventual tooth loss. If your pet’s veterinary clinic offers pet dental services, you should make sure your pet’s teeth are specifically examined at least twice a year. Your veterinarian can show you how to maintain your pet’s oral hygiene at home, in between visits to the veterinary clinic.
Prevent Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss
When the buildup of dental plaque and tartar are left in place, the harmful bacteria harbored within can cause a serious gum infection. Gum infections eventually result in periodontal disease, also called gum disease. As gum disease progresses, your pet’s gums will become inflamed, may bleed, and will begin to recede. Eventually, your pet will suffer from bone loss and tooth loss.
Avoid Serious Health Complications
When gum infections and gum disease aren’t diagnosed or treated in a timely manner, they can cause serious health complications throughout your pet’s entire body. An oral infection can spread to other organs, contributing to heart disease, respiratory problems, seizures, and blood clots. Regular visits to your veterinarian for pet dental services will allow your veterinarian to perform oral health screenings. The sooner a problem is diagnosed, the more effective treatment will be for your pet.
When you bring your pet in to see us at Meadow Brook Animal Hospital or Preston Road Animal Hospital, he or she will receive high quality pet dental services. Our experienced veterinarians provide dental care for dogs and cats and will screen your pet carefully for signs of oral health problems. To schedule a pet dental appointment, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Preston Road – Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (Meadow Brook – McKinney).
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