Who knew that dental care could be so important to your pet’s health? Many people forget about their pet’s teeth, however, according to a study done by the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by the age of three!
Bacteria combine with saliva and food on the teeth and gums, forming plaque. This eventually becomes a hard substance called tartar which can lead to inflammation and destruction of the tissues that support the teeth. Untreated this may lead to oral pain as well as the eventual loss of teeth. Even scarier is that other organs such as the liver, heart, and kidneys can also be affected.
Dr. Bob can advise you on teeth cleaning techniques, chew toys and treats, oral care products for pets, and a proper nutritional diet. Discuss your pet dental care questions and concerns at your next visit or call plum street pet clinic today.
To get started with your pet’s home dental care regime, the healthy pet website offers this excellent article: brushing your pet’s teeth.