There are many aspects to being a good pet owner, and making sure your pet gets the dental care they need is one of them. Did you know that pet dental care is just as important as human dental care? It's true! Just like humans, our pets can develop tartar and plaque buildup on their teeth, which can lead to gum disease and other serious oral health problems.
That's why our team at Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital in Granada Hills is dedicated to providing the best possible pet dental care for your furry friends. We understand that you may have questions about pet dental care, so we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions.
What Are Signs of Pet Dental Issues?
Here are several symptoms to look for that could indicate your pet has dental problems:
- • Foul breath or noticeable changes in your pet's breath
- • Excessive drooling or drooling only on one side of the mouth
- • Discoloration of the teeth
- • Pawing at the face or mouth
- • Decreased appetite or weight loss
- • Changes in chewing habits or difficulty eating
What Is Periodontal Disease?
One of the most common dental issues that pets face is periodontal disease. It happens when tartar and plaque build up on the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and even damage to the pet's internal organs because dangerous bacteria can seep into the bloodstream. It can start to develop as early as the age of three.
How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is through regular dental care with a veterinarian. However, you can help with your pet's oral care at home with regular brushing, providing dental chews, and feeding your pet a healthy diet.
How Often Should I Bring My Pet in for Dental Care?
The American Veterinary Dental Society states that all dogs and cats should have a professional dental cleaning and examination at least once a year. Some pets may need to come in more often if they have severe tartar buildup or periodontal disease. Remember, excellent dental hygiene can prevent severe problems with your pet's teeth and gums.
Call Our Veterinarians in Granada Hills, CA
If you have questions about pet dental care, or would like to schedule a dental cleaning for your pet, contact our team at Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital in Granada Hills. Call our team today at (818) 363-8143 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.