Dental care is as important for pets as it is for humans! Without proper dental hygiene routines, pets develop periodontal disease, which is the most common disorder affecting our pets nationwide. By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease.
At advanced stages, dental disease can significantly impact a pet’s quality of life. It can cause mouth pain, which makes eating difficult. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver and kidney complications. Pets are good at hiding pain, so it’s important for pet owners to take steps to prevent periodontal disease from striking in the first place.
If your pet has foul breath, that’s an obvious sign that they need dental attention! The good thing is that this can start at home. There are many dental products that are available to animals, including brushes, toothpaste, dental chews and more!
At Family VetCare, we can advise you on how to properly care for your pet’s teeth, and we can also give them a thorough dental exam to check for any underlying problems.
Here’s to a new year with dental care for your best friend!