Friday, February 1, 2013

Are Dentals For Your Pets Important?

By Tammy, LVT

    Just like in humans dental care for our pets is important.  Dental disease is the most common health problem in dogs and cats affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats.


    Your pet's teeth should be examined once a year by your veterinarian.  Tartar buildup is mineral deposits on the tooth from unremoved food particles on your pet's teeth.  It can cause gums to be red, swollen and painful.  Infection in the mouth can lead to infection in the pancreas, liver, kidneys and other vital organs.

    If your pet has prolonged dental disease it can cause gums to recede, root exposure and possible tooth loss.  A dental cleaning should be done when there is a mild amount of tartar on the teeth.  Once the teeth are cleaned, home care will decrease dental cleanings in the future.  We recommend at home brushing, OraVet or Hills Prescription T/D food to decrease plaque and tartar build up.                 
       For more information about dental cleanings or products please contact our office.