Dog and Cat Dental Care
Whether you have a dog or a cat, dental care is important for your family pets. Dogs have a tendency to explore the world with their mouth, relying on taste and touch almost as much as they rely on their sense of smell.
Good dental health is essential for good overall pet health. Poor dental health can lead to infection and problems within your pet's body, including his or her organs. An untreated tooth infection can lead to chronic inflammation that puts a strain on the heart. The infection gets into the bloodstream, going straight to the heart and ultimately killing your pet.
Make sure your pet is receiving adequate dental care from a veterinarian and regular cleanings from you at home. When you take care of your pet's dental health, you’ll have to worry less about things like bad breath and bleeding gums and more about how much more energetic and happier your pet will be in the absence of constant tooth pain.
Dental care is imperative for overall pet health
Does your pet need a dental exam?
Any of the signs below can indicate poor oral health for your pet. If you notice any of the below, please give us a call or schedule your pet a dental evaluation with one of our doctors.
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food while eating
- Brown or yellow buildup (plaque) on the teeth
- Pawing at mouth
- Not wanting to play with chew toys
- Decreased appetite
- Unintended weight loss
- A change in behavior, such as sleeping more often