Why Dental Hygiene is Important For Pets From Your Vancouver, BC Veterinarian
Just like people it is important to take care of your pet’s teeth. Proper cleaning and care can help keep your pet in overall good shape. If teeth are not properly cared for your pet can experience problems eating. Further, infections that begin in the teeth can lead to larger problems including heart and kidney disease.
Common Pet Dental Problems
Studies show that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of three experience some sort of periodontal disease. Most commonly pets will experience problems with gingivitis or heavy plaque build up on the teeth. A sign of this may be your pet exhibiting outward signs of dirty teeth or can have bad breath. Pets can also have broken teeth or abscesses develop which must be addressed. You may notice your dog is favoring one side while eating or simply refusing to eat hard foods.
How a Veterinarian Can Help
During an exam your veterinarian will be able to determine what should be done for your pet’s dental hygiene. To be able to perform the dental exam it is necessary to put your animal under local anesthesia to ensure the safety of your pet. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose any problems in the mouth and can clean or repair any teeth. The veterinarian will be able to get a clear look at what is inside of your pet’s mouth. Often abscesses or tumors can be deep in the mouth and hard to find without the help of an in depth dental exam.
Schedule an Appointment with Atlas Animal Hospital & Emergency Vancouver in Vancouver, BC Today!
If you are interested in learning more about how you can improve your pet’s dental hygiene give us a call today. At Atlas Animal Hospital and Emergency Vancouver we are always eager to accept new patients. We are conveniently located at 5696 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5W 2Z4. Give us a call today at (604) 301-0300 to set up an appointment with one of our caring veterinarians. We look forward to helping your pet be as healthy and happy as possible.