Good oral hygiene is not only important for people, but for our furry family members as well. Harmful bacteria can grow in our pet’s mouths when we don’t take proper steps to keep their teeth and gums healthy and clean. Studies have determined that proper dental care for our pets can increase their lifespan by as much as 25%. With that much life for your pet at stake, you can trust the experienced doctors at Bell County Animal Clinic to care for your pet’s dental needs.
Bacteria such as tartar and plaque can begin to form in pets as young as one year of age. Without proper brushing and polishing, dogs and cats show signs of gum disease and tooth decay due to lack of proper dental care by the age of four years. Left unchecked, these bacteria can ultimately not only cause problems to your pet’s teeth, but their lungs, kidney and heart as well. Periodontal disease is one of the most common reasons people ultimately bring their dogs and cats to a veterinarian.
Typically the first sign of dental diseases is bad breath. The compassionate doctors at Bell County Animal Clinic will show you a number of ways to stay on top of clean teeth and healthy gums with at home. They can also counsel you on products to use at home including chew toys, food, treats and brushing kits to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay.
If our doctors determine that your pet is suffering from periodontal disease, Bell County Animal Clinic offers full dental cleaning and extraction services at our clinic.
If your pet has unusually bad breath, seems reluctant to eat, you see bleeding on toys or large accumulations of yellow/brown tartar on teeth, it’s time to set up a dental exam–call us at 606) 657-0041!