For many loving pet parents, dental care is the last thing on their priority list. What you may not realize is that pet dentistry is a major component of a companion animal’s overall health and wellbeing. In fact, if not properly cared for, your pet’s mouth can become a haven for bacteria. Plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and under the gums can eventually lead to periodontal disease, a condition which can wreak havoc on the entire body and even shorten your pet’s lifespan. The good news is this can all be prevented through a commitment to regular dental care.
Lakeway Animal Medical & Surgical Clinic has all of the services and educational tools needed to keep your companion smiling for many years to come. We offer routine and preventative dental care, including exams and cleanings, as well as the treatment and management of existing oral health problems, such as the repair and extraction of broken teeth and the treatment of abscesses.
In addition to our professional dental care services, which we recommend at least once per year, we also place great emphasis on home dental care. It’s just as important that you, as a caring and responsible fur baby owner, take an active role in the care of your companion’s teeth. We’ll work with you to teach you various techniques for you to use, as well as products you can try that will help support a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Some of the common signs that your fur baby may be suffering from dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown buildup on the teeth (a.k.a. tartar)
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Loose or broken teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
Should you notice any of these signs or symptoms in your fur baby, it’s time to give us a call and schedule a dental exam. Even if you’ve never paid that much attention to your fur baby’s oral health, it’s never too late to start! Schedule an exam today!