We all love our pets, but unfortunately, many pets don’t receive the dental care they need. We at Animals of Eden Veterinary Hospital in Brevard, NC, can provide you all the answers, advice, and care you and your pets need to keep their oral health secure. For starters, read below to learn more about what you should do about pet dental health.
What Does Bad Breath Mean?
Sometimes, it does not mean anything. After all, your pet does spend a great deal of time eating food that might not smell good and grooming himself. However, bad breath can be a telltale sign of an underlying issue. For example, if your pets have the following symptoms alongside their bad breath, it could mean more.
- Excessive drooling
- Reddened gums
- Loose, discolored, or missing teeth
- Discomfort while chewing
- Swelling in the mouth
Poor dental health can actually lead to serious consequences like:
- Gum disease
- Loss of teeth
What Causes Poor Dental Health?
The primary cause of poor dental health in pets is poor or absent dental care. Many pet owners don’t realize the importance of providing dental care for their pets, including annual dental checkups done by a veterinarian, daily or weekly teeth brushing, and treats specifically made for reduce plaque and tartar buildup on teeth.
What Can I Do for My Pet’s Dental Care?
- For starters, make an appointment with a veterinarian if you have not already. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked annually, even if your pets show no symptoms of poor dental health. Your veterinarian will be able to see signs that would likely go unnoticed by the untrained eye. Other ways you can help your pet’s dental health are listed below.
- Regular teeth brushing. While this might not be the easiest part of your day, it is the single most effective way to prevent the build-up of tartar and plaque on your pet’s teeth. By doing this, you will freshen their breath and prevent cavities.
Check your pet’s toys and food. A lot of different companies claim that their brand is a great way to improve pet dental health. However, always ask a professional, like a veterinarian, for their advice before just listening to whatever claims a commercial might make.
As always, we at Animals of Eden Veterinary Hospital in Brevard, NC, are here to help you. Give us a call at (828) 884-3647 or visit us through our website to make an appointment for your pet. Come and see us today!