Proper care for your pet's teeth is an important yet overlooked part of overall health. Cats and dogs who receive dental care at Granada Veterinary Clinic in Mission Hills can enjoy more than just a pretty smile. Good dental hygiene can also help prevent serious health issues from developing elsewhere in your pet’s body.
The Importance of Dental Hygiene
Ignoring your pets' dental hygiene makes them more susceptible not only to dental issues but other serious medical conditions. Over time, teeth that don't get cleaned develop a buildup of bacteria and plaque that can harden underneath the gum line. Your pet can suffer from tooth loss and tooth decay when this occurs.
One of the most concerning dental issues for pets is the development of periodontal disease, which surprisingly, can start early in life around the age of three. This disease is a painful condition that can lead to other health concerns due to bacteria in the bloodstream. Pets who have severe pain in their mouth can also have more reluctance to eat, which ultimately leads to weight loss.
How Our Veterinarian Can Help
While pet owners can brush their pet's teeth at home, it doesn't compare to a thorough exam and cleaning from a veterinarian. Under general anesthesia, we can get a detailed look at your pet's mouth and teeth to provide a deep cleaning and prevent bacteria and plaque buildup. Depending on the state of your pet's mouth, further work may be needed, such as the extraction of a broken or infected tooth.
Signs Your Pet Needs Oral Health Care
Sings of oral health issues in pets include:
- Foul breath
- Pawing at the mouth and excessive drooling
- Loose, cracked, or broken teeth
- Bleeding in the mouth
Contact Our Veterinarian in Mission Hills, CA
The best way to keep your pet healthy is by practicing good dental hygiene. This might seem like a daunting task, but the benefits of doing so are well worth the effort. Dr. Galdjian at Granada Veterinary Clinic will help you maintain your pet's oral health and prevent serious problems down the road. Call our team today at (818) 361-0125 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.