Most pet owners will do everything possible to make sure their pets are happy and healthy. However, a critical aspect of overall health is dental care. At Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton, NJ, we provide this service as part of your pet’s healthcare needs.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider dental care for your pet.
Importance of Pet Dental Care
Just like your pet’s physical wellness, pet dental care shouldn’t get overlooked. Proper oral hygiene can help promote a longer life, free from mouth discomfort or pain. One of the biggest concerns with pets is periodontal disease, a painful condition that can have adverse effects. It can develop early in life, around the age of three.
If left untreated, dental diseases can also impact other body systems because dangerous bacteria can get into the bloodstream. This situation can affect major organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. However, oral health problems are preventable with regular cleanings and checkups with a vet.
Maintaining Your Pet’s Oral Hygiene
A routine exam is the best way to ensure your pet’s teeth and gums are in check. A comprehensive dental exam and cleaning can identify any possible issues before they worsen. Cleaning is performed under general anesthesia to allow our veterinarian to focus on the gum line. X-rays may also be part of the process. Should your pet need further work, such as an extraction, we will schedule a follow-up appointment.
At home, you can do your part by brushing your pet’s teeth, providing dental chews, using water additives, and scheduling appointments for checkups, as necessary.
Signs My Pet Needs Dental Care
There are indications that pets need dental care sooner rather than later. Here are some symptoms to watch for:
- reluctancy to eat or drink as normal
- pawing at the mouth or excessive drooling
- foul breath
- missing, broken, or discolored teeth