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Pets Aren’t People, Right? Top Reasons Cats & Dogs Need Dental Care Too

Your pets are part of your family, and you should be doing everything in your power to keep them as healthy as possible. That includes scheduling regular dental services to protect their teeth and gums. Don’t think it’s quite necessary? Here is a closer look at just a few of the reasons why dental care is so important for cats and dogs.

Pets Aren't People, Right Top Reasons Cats & Dogs Need Dental Care Too

Reduce Their Risk of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is the most common chronic health condition among adult cats and dogs. When left untreated, this disease can result in a wide variety of secondary complications ranging from tooth loss to bleeding gums. In addition to feeding your pets healthy foods, you also need to schedule professional teeth cleaning appointments once a year. During those appointments, the dental specialist will clean away the plaque that causes gum disease and tooth decay.

Protect Their Organs

When harmful germs aren’t regularly removed from the mouth, they can travel to the organs. That might eventually result in a chronic kidney infection, heart disease, or liver damage. Their teeth and gums might also show the side effects of certain diseases before any other symptoms are apparent. During your annual pet consultations, the dental specialist might notice the side effects of diabetes, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease.

Improve Their Breath

Chronic bad breath is an aggravating and unpleasant problem for many pet owners. A veterinary dentist can help you come up with a comprehensive treatment plan to improve your pet’s breath. That will most likely include a combination of oral medication, a special diet, and medicated treats that clean the teeth. Your pet might also need to have dental scaling and planning carried out to remove stubborn plaque and tartar.

Prevent Unnecessary Pain

Even if your pet is very expressive, it might be difficult to tell if they are in pain. Some animals act completely normal when they are in pain, and that is one situation every pet owner wants to avoid. An experienced veterinarian can use specialized tools to look for issues such as lacerations in the mouth, parasites, and infected soft tissue. Those oral health problems might linger for years before you notice any side effects or symptoms.

As a general rule, cats and dogs should have their teeth cleaned and gums inspected at least once a year. Those dental services will keep them healthy and reduce their risk of many different oral health problems.

Calvin

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

For sure- Sadly, so many pet owners don't even know about dental care for their pet until it's too late.

Anoop

Friday 10th of August 2018

Yes, dental care is very important. Good job Molly.

Sarah L

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Very true that pets need dental care too.

Angela Saver

Saturday 4th of August 2018

Great post on dental health for our pets!

Cindy Vincent

Thursday 2nd of August 2018

I brush my dogs teeth everyday

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