Caring for your pet’s dental health.
Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health and if neglected serious illness can result. Dental problems can lead to larger systemic issues in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver. Despite its importance, dental disease is often overlooked by many pet owners. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.
Dental disease and its serious consequences can be avoided by bringing your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. This is why Animal Hospital at Lakewood Ranch offers full dental cleanings and exams.
Home Dental Care
Dental care does not end with a visit to Animal Hospital at Lakewood Ranch. You need to continue our doctors good work at home by brushing your pet’s teeth as part of a home dental care regimen. Any member of our staff can show you the proper method of brushing your pet’s teeth as well as help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.
Did you know that you can add two to four years to your pet’s life with proper dental care? Make sure your pet's oral health is taken care of.
Does your pet need a dental exam?
Any of the signs below can indicate poor oral health for your pet. If you notice any of the below, please give us a call or schedule your pet a dental evaluation with one of our doctors.
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food while eating
- Brown or yellow buildup (plaque) on the teeth
- Pawing at mouth
- Not wanting to play with chew toys
- Decreased appetite
- Unintended weight loss
- A change in behavior, such as sleeping more often