As pet owners, we all want the best for our furry friends. But while we often focus on their diet, exercise, and regular vet checkups, dental health can sometimes be overlooked. At Blue Lake Animal Hospital, our highly skilled veterinarians are committed to protecting your pet’s oral health through regular dental checkups. Leveraging state-of-the-art equipment and a wealth of expertise, we provide thorough examinations and preventative treatments to ward off dental diseases before they take root. Here are ten facts you should know to ensure your pet enjoys a happy, healthy life.
Dental hygiene isn’t just about fresh breath; it plays a vital role in your pet’s overall health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to various health issues, including gum disease, tooth loss, and even heart or kidney disease.
Common signs of dental disease include bad breath, difficulty eating, mouth sensitivity, and visible tartar on the teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to visit the vet.
Just as humans need regular dental check-ups, so do pets. These check-ups allow us to catch any potential oral health issues early, before they become significant problems.
Brushing your pet’s teeth is an effective way to maintain oral health. Use a toothbrush designed for pets and a pet-friendly toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste, as it can be harmful if swallowed.
Dry food is generally better for your pet’s teeth than wet food, as it helps scrape off plaque. Avoid feeding your pet sugary foods, which can lead to tooth decay.
Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect other organs. This is why dental disease can lead to serious conditions like heart, liver, or kidney disease.
Tartar, a hard build-up of plaque, can lead to periodontal disease if not addressed. This condition can cause pain, tooth loss, and infection.
Ignoring your pet’s dental issues can lead to serious health problems, from painful abscesses to life-threatening organ damage. Regular check-ups and cleanings are essential.
Professional dental treatments, like teeth cleaning and extractions, are often necessary for pets with severe dental disease. These treatments can significantly improve your pet’s quality of life.
In addition to brushing, consider dental chews, toys, and diet changes to help maintain your pet’s oral health between professional cleanings.
Understanding these ten facts can make a world of difference in your pet’s life. Remember, prevention is always better than cure. Don’t wait until it’s too late; schedule a dental check-up for your pet at Blue Lake Animal Hospital today. Our team is dedicated to ensuring your pet’s oral health is in top shape!
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We provide comprehensive reproductive care for pets, including artificial insemination, neonatal care, fertility exams, and more.
Rely on us when your pet needs urgent care. We know emergencies are stressful, so we treat urgent health concerns with the utmost care.
Managing your pet’s medical needs is easy when you use our online pharmacy. Renew your pet’s prescription and purchase FDA-approved medication right from the comfort of your home. If you have any questions, contact us to speak with a trusted veterinarian.
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