There are many things pet owners need to do to take proper care of their cats and dogs. They need to find the quality food, make sure they get enough exercise, and that they get the veterinarian checkups that they need. One important part of those check-ups is dental exams to make sure that their teeth and gums are strong and healthy.
Pet Owner's Role in Dental Care
Good dental care for cats and dogs starts with the owners. Pets do not have the capability to practice proper dental hygiene or their own, nor can they specifically mention to you if their teeth or gums are bothering them, so it is up to a pet owner to monitor this and put in place preventative measures in order to limit any damage from gum or periodontal disease. Unfortunately, these issues are very common, and much sooner than many think. In 85% of cases, pets have periodontal disease by the time that they are three years old.
Many pet owners attempt to ward off dental problems by giving their pets dental chews or treats, but the best way to stave off problems is through regular brushing with a pet toothpaste. Still, even pets with the most diligent owners can develop problems with their teeth and gums due to constant bacteria build-up that can cause problems to their internal organs, including their heart, kidneys, and liver if not treated. Pet owners need be attentive toward potential issues, such as
- Discoloration of teeth due to excess plaque
- Bleeding or red gums
- Excessive drooling or pawing at the mouth
- Difficulty chewing
Your Vet's Role in Dental Care
Just like your dentist can do more for your dental care than you can do yourself, we at Watertown Animal Hospital can do more for your pet's dental care than you can do as a pet owner. One of the most common procedures we provide is an extensive tooth cleaning, which helps your pet's mouth stay healthy. In order to be thorough, we provide this service under anesthesia, which gives us an opportunity to look for other possible issues such as tumors or abscessed teeth. We can also help with other types of dental issues, such as misaligned teeth or problems with the jaw.
If dental problems do lead to other issues with internal organs, we are right there to offer advice on how to treat any other health problems that your pet may be facing and discuss your options.
Call Watertown Animal Hospital Today to schedule a Pet Dental Exam!
If you are concerned about a specific issue with your pet's dental health, or if you just want to make sure you are doing what you need to in order to limit any problems, contact us at Watertown Animal Hospital in Watertown, CT at 860-274-2212 to schedule an appointment.