Most pet owners are good about taking their pets in for vaccinations and yearly exams, however, Apple Valley Veterinarians in Plantsville suggest that there is something else that owners need to be doing for their pets.
Dr. Herbert S. Freiman reminds owners to make sure that their pets receive regular dental care checkups to protect their oral health. According to Freiman, the hospital founder, it isn’t only a matter of fresh breath.
“Good dental health is the foundation for good health overall in animals, just as it is in people,” he said in a press release from the veterinary hospital.
Apple Valley Veterinarians is attempting to spread the word within the community about the importance of quality dental care for pets. While it is always good to bring pets in for annual dental checkups, it is also helpful to do some day-to-day oral care at home.
Because dogs and cats use their mouths as tactile organs in place of hands, it is not uncommon for teeth to chip or break in the normal course of their explorations, and a long term lack of dental care can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
All of these can be painful conditions and can result in bad breath, loss of teeth, and infections in the underlying bone. Bacteria can also penetrate the blood through injured gums and cause infections in the kidneys, heart, and other organs.
Pet owners interested in creating an effective dental care routine for their pets should begin the process with a dental checkup at their veterinarian. Dr. Freiman recommends that pet owners start early in order to get pets accustomed to the manipulation of their mouths and warns that pet owners should never use human toothpaste to clean their pets’ teeth because it is not meant to be swallowed.
“We understand that pets are an important part of their owners’ families, and we want to give pet owners the tools they need to help their pets live long, healthy, pain-free lives,” Dr. Freiman said in the release. “Education about good dental health and care is one of the fundamental tools we have to offer.”
Pet owners with concerns about the dental health of their pets are encouraged to set an appointment to discuss the subject.
For more information, contact Apple Valley Veterinarians at (860) 628-9635.