The majority of humans would never consider going through life without visiting a dentist on a regular basis, the same should hold true for our four legged friends. When you consider that most pets age approximately 7 years for every 1 human year; even an annual visit to the veterinarian for dental care is a stretch compared to the visits humans make to ensure proper care and health of their own teeth. Looking at the teeth and seeing red means pain and infection for your pet. Owners report that their pet will paw at their face, change their eating behavior and/or exhibit pain in relation to changes in their dental condition. Other signs owners commonly notice in association with their pet’s dental health are bad breath, discolored teeth, reddened gums and loose or missing teeth. Many owners do not realize that their pet experiencing dental problems has the potential for damage to kidneys, heart and liver due to bacteria in the mouth entering the bloodstream.
At home care is very important to the dental health of your pet. Routine teeth brushing, dental health chews, oral medicated rinses, medication in the drinking water, and quality dry food diets are all important aspects of maintaining your pet’s oral hygiene. Monitoring your pet’s teeth for tartar buildup, inflamed gums and odor are key factors in obtaining dental care before the onset of more severe levels of dental disease. We at Animal Central offer dental services including x-rays, dental cleaning, extractions, root canals, and anesthesia free dental cleanings (for appropriate candidates – see our blog for anesthesia free dentals). Regular exams by your veterinarian and/or an exam by you at home helps prevent dental disease. After a regular dental cleaning, many owners report their pet appears younger with more life and vigor. Good dental care will prolong the life and health of your four legged best friend. Also, you will be able to continue to give adn recieve puppy kisses throughout its life. Ask Animal Central for more information on how to care for and maintain your pet’s dental health.
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Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff