Do you consider your pets to be part of your family? If you answered yes, then you probably consider your pets' health to be a very important aspect of pet ownership. Despite good intentions, though, certain aspects of your pet's health can be easily derailed or ignored. Pet dental health is often an overlooked aspect of overall animal health. At Animal Hospital of West Nashville, serving Nashville, TN, we take every aspect of your pet's health seriously. We want to help you provide great pet care. Keep reading to find out what you need to know about pet dental health.
Why Is Dental Health Important?
You may not realize it, but dental health is just as important to animals as it is to humans. When dental health is neglected, it can have a negative impact on your pet's entire well-being. Poor dental health can contribute to infections and add pain to your pet's life. It is important for pet owners to keep up to date with their pet's dental health in order to avoid these problems.
There are a number of problems which can arise when an animal's dental health is ignored. The most serious issue is dental disease. Dental disease is a severe infection of the gums which is a result of poor dental hygiene. When teeth are not cleaned properly, they will build up plaque. This plaque will harden into tartar. When tartar is left to accumulate it will begin to cause infections in the gums. These infections will cause your pet pain, lethargy, bad breath, swollen gums, loss of teeth, and can even contribute to cardiovascular problems.
The worst part of pet dental disease is that your pets cannot communicate to you to tell you when they are in pain. By the time you begin to notice the signs and symptoms of dental disease, your pets may have been in discomfort for some time.
What You Can Do
In order to avoid these problems, it is important to clean your pet's teeth every day. Pet nutrition is also an important aspect of pet wellness and pet dental health. Your veterinarian can instruct you on the best way to care for your pet's teeth at home. In addition to daily cleanings, it is also important that you take your pet for dental checkups at the vet's office. Pet health starts with regular checkups to evaluate your pet's overall health and dental health.
If you would like to learn more about how you can keep your pet healthy, please contact our office at The Animal Hospital of Nashville, serving Nashville, TN. Our number is (615) 356-8993.