Tracy Animal Hospital Pet Blog
Did you know that pets get dental disease? Our own dentists have taught us that proper dental hygiene is important in preventing tooth decay and gum disease and the same holds true for our pets. Dental disease in pets is a frequent cause of bad breath and poor appetite but has also been tied to more serious conditions.
By the age of three, almost 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of gum disease according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. The signs may be noticeable; bad breath or a lack of interest in eating, but they may also be very slight or even unnoticeable to many pet owners. Left untreated for long periods of time, chronic infections in the mouth can lead to infections of other body organs.
Establishing Good Dental Hygiene With Your Pet
We believe that good dental hygiene in our pets is not just about treating problems - it is about good prevention.
It starts with care at home. Our staff is happy to teach you how to examine your pet's mouth, the proper technique for brushing their teeth, as well as recommend treats and diets that support dental health.
Regular Check Ups
A regular dental exam is just as important as your pet's annual exam, routine vaccinations, or regular parasite screenings. As part of your pet's regularly scheduled preventive exam, we spend significant time examining the health of their teeth and gums.
Regular dental prophylaxis is more effective, less stressful on your pet, and ultimately less expensive than waiting to treat serious problems. By performing regular dental cleanings, we can avoid many more serious dental problems like tooth extractions.
February is Pet Dental Health Month, a time of year where our entire team spends a few extra minutes with our patients and clients to remind us all about the importance of proper dental health in our pets.
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