Good oral hygiene is not only important for people but our furry family members as well. Imagine the condition of your teeth and overall health had you never brushed your teeth or had professional care; the same results are seen in pets that do not receive proper veterinary dental care. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most pets without appropriate dental care will exhibit from some form of a periodontal issue by three years of age. Fortunately, the experienced veterinarians at Hometown Veterinary Hospital can clean and care for your precious pet’s teeth at our clinic, and instruct you on how you can care for them at home.
Bacteria such as tartar and plaque can begin to form in pets as young as one year of age. Without brushing or cleaning, these bacteria can ultimately not only cause problems to your pet’s teeth but their lungs, kidney and even heart as well. Proper dental care should begin by bringing your pet to the veterinarian when they are young; however, it is never too late to start appropriate dental care for your pet.
Dogs and cats will often display signs of dental disease differently from pet to pet, and some may show no outward sign of pain. Some of the more common indications of pain due to periodontal issues include:
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Weight loss
- Refusal to eat
If your dog or cat exhibits any of these signs, please contact Hometown Veterinary Hospital right away to schedule a dental examination for your pet.
Good oral hygiene is one of the essential forms of wellness care available for both dogs and cats. Our experienced and caring doctors have cared for veterinary dental needs of hundreds of pets in Brandon and the surrounding areas of Mississippi, and they are ready to care for your pet as well.