Pet dental care is essential for the health of your pet. Prevention is always better than treatment when it comes to dental health, and there are many things you can do as a pet owner to promote good oral hygiene. At Lone Tree Animal Care Center, we have been providing pet owners in Omaha, NE with pet dental care services for many years. We primarily serve the Blackstone District and Old Market Neighborhoods. Following are the answers to several questions our veterinarian frequently receives regarding pet dental care.
How Common Are Pet Dental Issues?
More than 70% of cats and dogs over the age of five suffer from periodontal disease. This dental disease means that your pet has lost the supporting structures of its teeth. This is a very uncomfortable dental disease that can cause loose teeth, allow bacteria into the bloodstream, and cause heart, liver, and kidney damage.
Can Pets Suffer Dental Issues Even if They Show No Signs of Pain?
Just because your pet is not showing any obvious signs of being in pain doesn't mean that he or she is not suffering from a dental condition. When it comes to sensing pain, cats and dogs have the same basic anatomy as humans. Since many dental conditions that cause pain gradually worsen, most pet owners may assume that their pet is just acting weird due to being grumpy, etc. When the condition that is causing pain is removed, the improvement is very obvious. Following treatments, many pet owners have noted that their pets have been acting "younger."
How Do I Know My Pet Needs Dental Care?
If you notice any of the following, contact our veterinarian:
- A red stripe along your pet's gum line
- A change in the way your pet chews
- An unpleasant odor in your pet’s mouth
- Cannot see your pet’s teeth due to the accumulation of calculus
- Notice broken or discolored teeth, a decrease in appetite, difficulty swallowing, or an enlargement of the tissues in the mouth
These signs indicate a dental problem.
How Often Should My Pet Have His Teeth Cleaned?
Certain factors may affect how often pet dental care is needed, such as pre-existing diseases, diet, and individual habits. The typical time frame for pets to have their teeth cleaned is every six months to a year.
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