The Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health
At Olive Branch Pet Hospital in Pensacola, we take your pet’s dental care seriously. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that more than 80% of dogs show signs of gum disease by the age of three. Since dogs and cats lack the ability to brush their teeth to reduce plaque build-up, their owners become responsible for getting their pet’s teeth cleaned as needed. If the plaque remains untouched, it calcifies into tartar. When plaque and tartar settle between the teeth and gums, pockets of infection form. Increased bacteria levels can also lead to tooth decay and bone loss. The big problem with gum disease and tooth decay is that they can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, wreaking havoc on the kidneys and heart.
Signs Dental Disease is a Problem for Your Pet
If your pet’s breath changes for the worse or their gums appear red and inflamed, you will want to talk to Dr. Sprayberry about pet dental care services. Halitosis (bad breath) is often the most obvious symptom of dental health issues, though not usually one of the most dangerous. Playful dogs and cats who avoid chewing on toys or eating may have an oral infection or tooth decay. Check for discolored, loose, or missing teeth if you suspect dental health issues in your pet. Since your pets cannot floss, food particles, grass, or even hair that gets stuck between teeth can lead to a build-up of bacteria. Facial swelling that occurs below the eye may also indicate the need for pet dental care services.
What Can We Do For You?
Olive Branch Pet Hospital offers Canine & Feline Wellness Plans that include dental health care for your pet. Because of the nature of pet dentistry, it is imperative that pets sleep through their procedure. Our Canine & Feline Silver and Gold Plans cover a dental cleaning and the accompanying anesthesia, hospitalization, antibiotic, and anti-pain injections. Help your pet maintain excellent dental health by contacting the team at Olive Branch Pet Hospital to schedule an oral exam.