Protecting Your Pet’s Dental Health
Our pets make us smile, so why wouldn’t we want to do the same for them? Dental care is crucial to the everyday health and wellbeing of our cats and dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, your pet should receive a dental check-up at least once a year by your veterinarian.
Infections are most common in your pet’s mouth, and although bad breath may seem like a minor issue, it’s actually one of the first indicators your pet may have an underlying dental disease.
Additional signs of dental problems include:
● A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gumline
● Red and swollen gums
● Pain or bleeding while your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
● Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
● Loose or missing teeth
If left untreated, dental problems can lead to a series of serious health issues such as damage and infection in your pet’s kidneys, heart, and liver. However, with regular dental health care, you and your vet can discuss preventative measures to keep your pet healthy and smiling.
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