Did you know that without regular brushing and cleaning, the majority of dogs and cats will develop periodontal disease? Poor dental hygiene and lack of maintenance can lead to risky infections as well as complications with major organs in the body such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. Most pet owners are not aware that regular dental care can add years to your pet’s life. This is why Dr. Adams recommends annual dental check-ups to ensure that your pet’s teeth and gum tissue remain healthy.
At Sand Mountain Small Animal/Equine Hospital, Dr. Adams will examine your pet for broken or compromised teeth and diseases of the gums and soft tissue. Your pet’s annual check-up will consist of teeth cleaning and repair, preventative treatment, as well as digital radiography or extractions if necessary.
Dental problems can develop unexpectedly between check-ups, regardless of how well you maintain your pet’s oral health. Your pet may exhibit outward signs of a painful oral condition by changes in chewing, appetite, a reluctance to eat or play with toys – and in felines, improper or cessation of grooming. If you notice such changes in behavior, or the onset of physical signs such as drooling, swelling, a broken tooth, and unusual breath odor, contact Sand Mountain Animal Hospital as soon as possible. These may all be caused by a dental emergency or other condition that may require medical attention.
Don’t wait until your pet has a dental health issue – start your new pet’s check-ups early. Dr. Adams at Sand Mountain Small Animal/Equine Hospital will evaluate the cycle of baby and permanent teeth and check for signs of malocclusion or teeth misalignment before they become an issue as your pet ages.