Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Importance of Pet Dental Health

 

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Bad breath…tartar buildup…pawing at the mouth. Sound like YOUR pet? Dental health is one of the most important components of a pet’s health, but it’s also one of the most neglected. Over time, this neglect can lead to various other oral problems, including gum disease, which can eventually affect the liver, heart, and kidneys. Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral wants to help change that. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and we want to stress the importance of maintaining your pet’s dental health with professional dental exams and cleanings and at-home care.

Common Signs of Dental Problems

While some signs of dental problems can be easily detected, like the ones above, there are others that are subtler. Below is a list of some of the most common signs to look out for. If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your dog or cat, it’s time to schedule a dental appointment.

  • Loose teeth
  • Abnormal chewing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Refusal to eat
  • White or brown film (tartar) buildup
  • Mouth swelling

How to Prevent Pet Gum Disease

Gum disease develops the same way in pets as it does in people, and it starts with tartar buildup. The good news is that there are many ways to prevent it. The easiest way is to bring your pet in for a professional veterinary wellness exam at least once a year. During these exams, we’ll evaluate your pet’s teeth and gums to determine if a more extensive dental exam and/or dental cleaning is needed. Some pets typically require a cleaning every year while others may need one less frequently. Another way to prevent gum disease is with at-home dental care, so you can keep your pet’s mouth healthy between appointments. We can recommend various dental products to meet your pet’s needs, including toothbrushes, dental chews, and water additives.

About Our Dental Services

Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral, FL, offers several comprehensive dental services for dogs and cats to both treat and prevent gum disease and other oral problems. These include:

  • Ultrasonic scaling
  • Polishing
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Extractions
  • Digital dental radiography (to view below the gum line)

Be proactive about your pet’s dental health, and schedule your pet’s dental appointment at Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral today!