Why You Should Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth

From a young age, most of us are constantly reminded about the importance of looking after our teeth. However, a great dental hygiene routine isn’t just for humans, our four-legged friends can benefit hugely from healthy teeth and gums too. If you visit your veterinarian for your pet to have an annual check-up, this will usually include a comprehensive dental check. This doesn’t mean that problems wont develop in between visits though, and so if you have any concerns about your pet’s teeth and gums you should make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Healthy teeth = healthy body

In humans, poor oral care has been linked to poor overall health. Chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s. The same can be said for pets, for example, good oral hygiene in canines can help to prevent microscopic changes occurring in the liver, kidneys and heart which could make him unwell. If improving the health and lifespan of your pet wasn’t enough, a little investment in good dental care could also protect from extensive veterinary bills in the future.

Healthy teeth = better breath

One of the greatest things about being a pet owner is the opportunity to snuggle up with our beloved animals at the end of a long day. A wagging tail or purring face can immediately brighten your mood, but getting up close and personal with your pet can be an unpleasant experience if they suffer from bad breath. Halitosis in pets is very common, and can be caused by a number of underlying conditions. However, the primary cause of bad breath in animals is poor dental hygiene, which can in turn lead to periodontal disease, decay and infection. By taking care of your pet’s teeth, you can dramatically improve the smell of their breath and make cuddle-time much more enjoyable!

Healthy teeth = happier pets

Toothache can be extremely painful for pets too. Failing to look after your pets teeth is an open invitation to a range of dental problems including cavities, gum disease, infection and even tooth loss. Any of these conditions can make it difficult and extremely painful for your pet to eat and chew. As humans, we can take some medication to help alleviate our suffering for a few days. However, our furry friends don’t have this option, nor can they always tell us when they are in pain. This means that you may not know that your pet has a serious dental problem until it is very far advanced, and more painful and expensive to treat, not to mention the chronic discomfort or acute agony for your animal will experience until the problem is resolved.

Dogs, cats and many other pets have exactly the same dental requirements as their owners. By ensuring that your pet attends regular dental check-ups as part of their overall care, you can help to preserve their health and happiness for years to come. If you need further advice on the best steps to take to care for your pet’s teeth, make an appointment with Amelia OH veterinarian Dr. Meakin who will be happy to advise you.