How often do you think about your pet’s health? Believe it or not, it’s up to you to manage their oral care, brushing their teeth daily if possible. Of course, it’s not just about brushing and a proper diet; dental cleanings are just as important. As many as 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of an oral disease, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society.
What should you be looking out for? When it comes to monitoring your pet’s dental health, be on the lookout for bad breath, brown and yellow plaque, drooling, bleeding gums and a decreased appetite. Bad oral hygiene can cause infections that can spread through the bloodstream and affect major organs like your pet’s liver, kidneys, and heart. When you bring your pet’s to Greenwood Animal Hospital, we’ll do a thorough exam that includes mouth, gums, and teeth. We’ll also work with you on putting together a dental health plan that includes brushing and implementing dental chews and treats into their routine.
If you have any further questions about dental health care, please be sure to email us directly or speak with your doctor the next time you’re in our office.