What’s one of the most overlooked parts of your dog/cat’s healthcare? When was the last time your pet had a tooth cleaning? These are 2 important questions you should ask when it comes to helping your pet live a longer, healthier life. Our Tampa veterinarians believe that a healthy mouth is one of the cornerstones to a healthy pet and one way to achieve this goal is to have your vet examine your pet’s mouth and see if it’s in good shape.
Veterinary dental health is a 2 prong approach that really benefits from being proactive. First, working with your veterinarian to identify any specific problems will allow you to address things early in the game. Providing regular cleanings and monitoring regularly for ongoing issues is imperative. During your pet’s annual/semiannual exam, the oral cavity should be examined and recommendations made to help keep it healthy. These recommendations can be as simple as brushing more at home to a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. If left untreated, dental disease can lead to periodontal infection, tooth loss and in severe conditions, bone infections. All of these tend to be preventable with proper dental care.
The second component is home care. Getting your pet on a regular brushing routine is a great way to keep teeth clean. Just like in people, this doesn’t mean they will never need a cleaning, but it will make for easier, less expensive cleanings and hopefully no extractions needed.
With a fairly easy, proactive approach, you can make a positive impact on hour pet’s health. Remember, doggy breath should not be a normal part of your pet’s life.