Many otherwise responsible pet parents fail to realize the importance of keeping their animal companion’s teeth and gums healthy and clean. For instance, did you know that dental disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions in adult dogs and cats? If left untreated, plaque and tartar can develop into dental disease, which can cause everything from pain and tooth loss to systemic problems throughout your fur baby’s entire body, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. The good news is this can easily be prevented through a commitment to dental care, both professionally and at home.
At Bridgeway Animal Clinic, we place great emphasis on the oral health of our patients, and we have all of the pet dentistry services you need to keep your companion’s smile healthy and clean for life. We offer both preventative dentistry services, such as exams and cleanings, as well as the treatment of existing oral health conditions, including tooth repair and extractions.
Some of the signs and symptoms that your fur baby may be suffering from dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown buildup on the teeth (a.k.a. tartar)
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Loose or broken teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
The best way to approach pet dentistry is through prevention. Don’t wait until your dog or cat begins to show these symptoms to bring them in for a dental checkup. In fact, we recommend that you have your fur baby’s teeth examined by a veterinarian at least once a year. We also suggest that you employ home dental care, such as daily brushing, to help keep your fur baby’s teeth and gums healthy and clean in between vet visits. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can show you these techniques, providing advice, guidance, and demonstrations as needed.
Schedule your fur baby’s dental exam today! Together we’ll work hard to help your four-legged friend enjoy a lifetime of good oral health!