Dental disease in pets is one of those nasty things that can sneak up on you. Your pet gives you an affectionate lick or head butt and….ewwww. That smell.
Bad breath is one of the first signs that things are going wrong in your pet’s mouth. Other signs include yellow/brown teeth and difficulty eating. Left untreated, dental disease can result in pain, tooth loss, gum inflammation, and eventually, serious illness.
Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue.
In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet’s health. There are various options for improving your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.
The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through professional cleanings. We offer complete dental health services here at Haven Veterinary Clinic, including:
- Dental exams
- Dental X-rays
- Anesthetic cleanings/polishing
- Oral surgery
Our doctors and techs will be happy to show you how to start brushing your pet’s teeth at home, which can significantly reduce the incidence of dental disease. But you may have a pet who is just not feeling it when it comes to teeth brushing (usually that’s going to be a cat!). But don’t worry, we have solutions for that, too: dental care products that can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Just ask, and we’ll be happy to make some recommendations for your pet.
Please call us at (713) 344-1570 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.