Just like people, dogs and cats require dental care as well. Imagine the issues your teeth could have if you failed to brush your teeth or visit your dentist’s office regularly. The same oral issues you would have will happen with our furry family members as well, including tartar and plaque, painful and broken teeth, difficulty eating, and ultimately a shorter lifespan for people and pets.
Dental issues begin when thin layers of bacteria begin to collect on the teeth, known as plaque, which can harden and for tartar. Issues with tartar and plaque become more severe as they spread and collect below the gum line. Without cleaning, these hardened bacteria can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and ultimately damage the liver, kidneys and heart.
At what age should I be concerned about my pet’s oral health?
Studies show that dogs and cats as young as one year of age can begin to exhibit signs of periodontal issues. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, studies indicate that by three years of age, most pets exhibit dental disease.
The best way to prevent periodontal disease in your furry friend is to begin dental care early in their lives. Dr. Sartin can show you how to care for your dog or cat's teeth at home through brushing and proper diet. Begin an oral health regimen as soon as your pet comes into your life, whether you have a puppy or kitten, or adopt an adult dog or cat. At-home care coupled with regular visits to the veterinarian can add years to the life of your pet.
Preventative care is always more effective and less costly than treatment, and this is especially true with periodontal disease. Waiting until your pet is older before beginning oral care can lead to more costly procedures and irreparable damage to your pet’s health. Call one of the caring team members at Sartin Animal Care Clinic 501-362-2800 to schedule your pet’s dental exam today.