There are plenty of responsibilities associated with owning a pet. Your pet needs to see the veterinarian every year for a physical exam, vaccinations, and weight checks. Your pet will also need a dental exam and teeth cleaning. Like humans, plaque and tartar can build up on your pet's teeth. According to the ASPCA, 85 percent of pets develop periodontal disease by the time they are three-years-old because they don't receive proper dental care.
What Are the Dangers Of Tooth Decay?
Several issues can occur without regular dental care by Shore Veterinarians.
- Bad Breath: When you don't care for your pet's teeth properly, it can result in bad breath. When your pet's breath smells bad, you aren't going to want to cuddle with them or get up close and personal because the odor can be horrible.
- Prevent Tooth Loss: Plaque and tartar can cause the structures supporting your pet's teeth to weaken. Over time, this can result in tooth loss. If your pet loses their teeth, they will no longer be able to hard food. By having your pet's teeth cleaned regularly, you can keep them from losing their teeth.
- Prevent Tooth Pain: Like a human, when a pet's teeth begin to decay, it can cause significant pain. When your pet's teeth hurt, they won't be able to tell you. Instead, they will eat less because of the pain, which can result in weight loss. To keep your pet healthy and pain-free, regular dental cleanings are necessary.
- Organ Damage: Plaque contains bacteria that can enter your pet's bloodstream. If it finds its way to the heart, kidneys, or liver, it can cause severe damage. This is why proper oral care is essential.
What Are the Signs Of Pet Dental Disease?
It is essential that you can recognize the signs that your pet is suffering from dental disease. The symptoms include:
- Broken teeth
- Tooth loss
- Bad breath
- Pain in the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Refusing to eat or drink
- Excessive drooling
Caring For Your Pet's Teeth At Home
While annual dental cleanings are essential, you should also care for your pet's teeth at home, between visits to the veterinarian to prevent tooth decay. There are a few simple ways to do this.
- Brush your pet's teeth every week
- Provide your dog with dental bones that are designed to remove plaque and freshen their breath.
- Provide your pet with hard food which will help scrape the plaque and tartar off
- Provide your pet with dental toys that are designed to remove plaque and tartar.
Annual dental checks with Shore Veterinarians are essential for your pet’s oral and overall health. The veterinary specialists at our animal hospital can perform a dental exam, dental x-ray, and teeth cleaning to keep your pet's teeth healthy. We treat pets in Seaville, Egg Harbor Twp. , Hammonton, and the surrounding area. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.