You likely brush and floss daily, but what about your pet? If your dog or cat has yellow teeth, bad breath or difficulty eating hard food, they may have a dental problem. It is easy to overlook dental care for animals, but maintaining oral hygiene for your cat or dog is necessary to their well-being.
Prevent Dental Disease
Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly, and taking it for professional cleanings as needed, can prevent your animal from developing gum disease or tooth decay. Like humans, cats and dogs can get plaque and tartar buildup on their teeth that can irritate their gums. In addition, tooth decay can cause cavities. Left untreated, these conditions could cause your pet to lose teeth and have difficulty eating.
Improve Overall Health
Even if your cat or dog doesn’t have any obvious signs of gum disease or cavities, if they have an infected tooth that bacteria can spread to other areas of their body causing infection. Gum disease and poor oral hygiene can increase your pet’s risk of developing other costly medical conditions. Keeping their teeth clean and healthy can save you money on veterinary bills in the long run.
Keeping your animal’s teeth clean and their mouth healthy is an important part of caring for your pet. Call Great Oaks Veterinary Hospital for more information on the benefits of pet dental care.