We all know dental care is important for us, but is it really necessary for our pets?
The answer is yes! Dental care for pets is just as important as it is for humans. Your pet’s dental health is critical to their overall health. Dental issues can cause health problems in other parts of your pet’s body to occur. This makes it extremely important to implement a dental hygiene routine in addition to having your pet’s teeth and gums evaluated by their vet at a minimum, once a year. Routine veterinarian visits allow veterinarians to evaluate your pet for early signs of health issues and well as maintain your pet’s dental hygiene.
Pets may have symptoms of dental health issues. These are:
-Swelling in or around the mouth
-Broken or loose teeth
-Loss of appetite
-Bleeding from the mouth
If your pet is suffering from any of those symptoms, schedule a visit with your local vet. One of the best things you can do for your pet’s dental health is preventative care. Brushing your pet's teeth and providing dental chews can make a world of a difference. Your vet can make the appropriate suggestions for each individual pet.
While it can be challenging to do so, brushing your pet’s teeth is very effective in preventing any dental issues. Many pets don’t like to have their owners brush their teeth, but starting this routine early on in your pet’s life will create a healthy habit and be effective in avoiding dental issues for your pet.
* Pet Dental blog courtesy of Vet Depot *