Does your pet have bad breath? A foul-smelling mouth is not a typical condition for our animals and can indicate periodontal disease. Dental issues can begin in pets as young as one year of age, and studies show 85% of pets have periodontal disease by age three without proper dental care. The caring veterinarians at Plains Veterinary Hospital understand how critical proper dental care is for your pet and will not only care for their teeth, but also teach you how to care for them at home.
How will regular dental cleanings benefit my pet?
Imagine how bad the condition of your mouth would be without regular brushing and trips to the dentist. Many of the same issues you would face are present in animals that do not have routine dental care. Over time, bacteria leads to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is foul breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other symptoms can develop, including drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth. Finally, these bacteria in the mouth can cause damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys of a pet not receiving regular brushing and cleaning. A pet receiving routine oral care will often live several years longer than a pet without dental care.
Even if you think your pet’s teeth and gums are fine, we can offer expert advice to help you keep them that way! Dental health shouldn’t be taken for granted, and many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your pet to us for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
We want your pet to live a long, healthy life, and we understand that maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Our compassionate and experienced veterinarians have cared for the dental needs of countless pets in the Zachary area, and we will bring this same level of care to your pet. Call one of our caring professionals to schedule your pet’s dental appointment at Plains Veterinary Hospital today!