Dental care is so important for our patients at Rockland Veterinary. Even though people brush their teeth several times a day, they rarely think about their pet’s oral health.
The statistics don’t lie. The amount of pets who suffer from some form of dental disease is high. It has been known to affect around eighty percent of dogs and seventy percent of cats who are over the age of three. It is truly the most common disease that veterinarians see, though people still think that their pets are healthy in the absence of dental care.
Dental disease is more than just bad breath and missing teeth. A pet can suffer from gingivitis just like us. They can have inflamed and irritated gums. They can also have broken teeth and teeth that are simply rotting inside of their mouth.
Even worse, a pet needs to have good oral health to be healthy overall. The bacteria from their mouth can move through the bloodstream, giving them heart, kidney, and liver problems, along with other things. It can get so bad that some pets will stop eating, making it hard to stay at a healthy weight.
The best way to maintain good oral health is to brush your pet’s teeth. Even three times a week can be enough to ward off some of the tartar from sticking! There are also dental chews which can be helpful. However, if your pet has a really bad mouth, brushing and dental chews won’t solve the problem.
They will need to be seen by a veterinarian for a professional cleaning under anesthesia. When they are under anesthesia, we can give their teeth an optimal cleaning. We are even able to reach areas that a tooth brush can’t! We also try to clean under the gums to make your pet’s mouth as healthy as possible. Then, we polish them all up, like new! It is up to you to keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy through home care.
Dental health is as important for your pets as it is for you. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions or would like to have your pet’s mouth examined.