Proper dental care is one of the best ways to protect your pet’s overall health, along with physical exams, wellness blood screenings, and vaccinations. Dog and cat dental care is a top specialty at Midway Animal Hospital.
In addition to dental exams as part of our regular pet checkups, we provide onsite dental cleanings under full anesthesia.
Reasons to see your vet about your pet’s oral health include:
- Your pet has bad breath.
- You’ve noticed your pet rubbing or pawing at its mouth.
- Your pet has a broken tooth.
- Your pet has red, swollen, receding, or bleeding gums.
- Your pet has problems chewing food or stops eating.
- Your pet demonstrates obvious pain when playing with hard chew toys.
- You see yellow or brown tartar on your pet’s teeth, which could be indicative of gum disease.
Untreated dental problems can have cause a host of undesirable results for your pet:
- Bad breath
- The accumulation of tartar and gingivitis, which can cause lost teeth
- Inflammation and pain
- Infection, which can result in damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart
- Poor eating, which can cause loss of nutrients and weight loss
- Resorptive lesions, painful areas in the mouth experienced by 28 percent of all cats
You can start maintaining your pet’s dental health at a young age, which is ideal for getting your pet used to oral cleaning and exams. By only two or three weeks, kittens will already have 26 baby teeth showing, and at three months old their 30 adult teeth will be visible. Similarly, puppies have 28 baby teeth that can be seen at only three to four weeks of age; at four months, the 42 teeth that dogs have as adults begin to come in.
Ask your veterinarian during your pet’s routine health exam how you can better care for your dog or cat’s teeth. Contact Midway Animal Hospital today if you would like to make an appointment for teeth cleaning.