Most people realize how important dental care is for humans, but did you know oral health is equally important for pets? Studies show that both dogs and cats need to begin regular cleanings as young as one year of age. Without this regular cleaning and brushing, your pet will soon develop a thin layer of bacteria on their teeth and gum line. These bacteria then begin to harden to form tartar and plaque in the mouth of your pet. Left unchecked, the bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease, making it difficult for your dog or cat to eat most foods. These bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through the gums. This can put increased stress on the heart, liver and kidneys which can potentially shorten your pet’s life expectancy.
The good news is this threat to your pet can be neutralized with proper dental care. At Dogwood Animal Hospital, our caring veterinarians have many years of successful dental care experience with our clients and will be there for your pet as well. Our doctors have performed dental cleanings ranging from young animals to older patients that have never had a dental procedure. Our doctors and staff will clean and polish your pet’s teeth and remove diseased teeth as needed. At the end of the treatment, you will be instructed on how you can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy at home.
Remember that preventative care is always more effective and less costly than treatment of disease, and this is true of your pet’s dental health as well. Call one of our team members today to schedule a dental for your pet at Dogwood Animal Hospital.