Most people know how important dental care is for themselves, but rarely realize that oral health is equally important for animals. Studies show that both dogs and cats need to begin regular cleanings as young as one year of age. Without being cleaned and brushed, your pet’s teeth and gum line will accumulate a thin coating of bacteria. These bacteria then begin to harden to form tartar and plaque in the mouth of your pet. Left unchecked, the bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease, making it difficult for your dog or cat to eat most foods. These bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through the gums and cause systemic disease which can put increased stress on the heart, liver and kidneys, potentially shortening your pet’s life expectancy.
The threat of harm caused by dental disease to your pet can be neutralized with proper dental care. At Audubon Veterinary Hospital, we will help you from the very beginning to develop a preventative dental plan to help you maintain your pet’s oral health. Our doctors and staff will clean and polish your pet’s teeth and remove diseased teeth as needed.
Brushing an animal’s teeth can be both tricky and a little risky. We will coach and teach you the best ways to help keep your pet’s teeth healthy between cleanings. Remember that preventative care is always more effective and less costly than treatment of disease, and this is true of your pet’s dental health as well. Call one of our team members today to schedule a dental examination for your pet at Audubon Veterinary Hospital.
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