Does your best friend have bad breath? Despite what many pet owners may believe, “dog or kitty breath” is not just a nuisance – it’s a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath or halitosis is caused by bacteria. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened and bleeding gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, oral pain and loose or missing teeth. Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health, because dental disease can be associated with internal infections leading to serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease.
But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care. Even if you’re using treats and chews to help control tartar, these are frequently not enough to keep dental disease in check.
Dental health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your pet to us for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
We want your pet to live a long, comfortable healthy life, and we understand that maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Your pet’s health is important to us, so let us help you with this commitment.
Call us today at 636-447-3727 to discuss your pet’s dental care needs and how we can help!