Most people realize how important dental care is for people, but did you know oral health is equally important for pets? Studies show that both dogs and cats need to begin regular cleanings as young as one year of age. Without this regular cleaning and brushing, your pet will soon develop a thin layer of bacteria on their teeth and gum line. These bacteria then begin to harden to form tartar and plaque in the mouth of your pet. Left unchecked, the bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease, making it difficult for your dog or cat to eat most foods. These bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through the gums. This can put increased stress on the heart, liver and kidneys which can potentially shorten your pet’s life expectancy.
The good news is this threat to your pet can be neutralized with proper dental care. At Animal Health Clinic in Picayune, our caring veterinarians have many years of successful dental care for our clients and they will be there for your pet as well. Our doctors have performed dental cleanings ranging from young animals, to older patients that have never had a dental procedure. Our doctors and staff will clean and polish your pet’s teeth and remove diseased teeth as needed. At the end of the treatment, you will be instructed on how you can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy at home.
If you notice your pets illustrating the following symptoms, they may be suffering from periodontal disease and should be evaluated:
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Swelling of the face
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Weight loss
Call Animal Health Clinic to schedule an appointment for your pet’s dental care. We provide dental services to pet owners in Picayune, Slidell, Lacombe, Mandeville, and beyond.