Your pet’s teeth and gums are an important component of his overall health, making dental care for your pet an essential part of his general wellness plan. Oral diseases can cause your pet discomfort and even lead to more serious systemic health concerns over time. Knowing the potential oral health issues your dog or cat may face can help you keep your pet’s mouth and body healthier for a lifetime.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is one of the top health concerns in dogs and cats. This condition occurs when the tissues of the gums become infected with bacteria that naturally live in the mouth, and progresses to cause pain, tooth loss, and eventual complications throughout the body that can include damage to the kidneys, heart, and liver. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to clean your pet’s teeth regularly and visit your vet at least once a year for physical and oral health checkups.
Pets use their mouths in a variety of ways, including pulling, biting, fetching, and other forms of play. However, these behaviors can put teeth at risk for damage such as chips and cracks, particularly if your pet plays with items that aren’t designed for him to use. You can avoid damaged teeth by ensuring your pet’s toys are soft and appropriate for the activity you have in mind; if you aren’t sure which type of toys are best for your pet, talk to your veterinarian for suggestions. If you notice the signs of an injured tooth, such as visible damage, excessive drooling, or loss of appetite, schedule a vet examination as soon as possible.
At Horizon Animal Hospital, we are focused on providing complete veterinary care for your pet, including physical exams, dental care, surgical procedures, and pet boarding in Scottsdale, AZ. We invite you to click through our website for more information about our services and your pet’s healthcare needs, or give us a call at (480) 800-4559 to schedule an appointment.