The Importance of Pet Dental Care
We've been told all our lives to brush our teeth at least twice a day. But what about the teeth of our furry family members? Our cats, dogs, hamsters, and those bigger pets that we keep outside, like our horses, goats, and other farm animals. What about their teeth? The veterinarians at Tahoma Veterinary Hospital in Spanaway have put together a list of reasons to keep your animal’s teeth and gums healthy.
Reduce Plaque and Tartar
Imagine never brushing your teeth. The plaque in your mouth would get out of control and cause plenty of painful dental problems. The same goes for your pets and farm animals. Plaque leads to tartar, which then leads to dental disease, also known as gum disease, which is very serious and requires a lot of expensive dental care to cure. The best way to prevent dental disease, and bad breath, is with regular dental care.
Veterinary Dental Care Prevents Oral Pain
When an animal's dental care is neglected, this can lead to pain in the teeth and gums. The animal may refuse to eat due to the pain, which then causes even more problems. Keeping your animal free from dental pain requires regular dentistry with your local vet.
Prevent Organ Damage
Plaque build-up is infested with bacteria. Over time, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and attack the liver, kidneys, and heart. A good rule of thumb to remember is that an animal is only as healthy as his or her gums.
Prevent Tooth Loss
An abundance of plaque and tartar can also lead to premature tooth loss. When the tooth is infected or damaged due to poor dental hygiene, the animal's teeth will eventually loosen and fall out.
Contact our Veterinarian’s Office Today
To learn more about protecting your pet or farm animal's health with routine dental care, contact the Tahoma Veterinary Hospital in Spanaway today at (253) 847-3500 to have all your questions and concerns answered.