Good oral hygiene is not only important for people but for our pets as well. Harmful bacteria can grow in our pet’s mouths when we don’t take proper steps to keep their teeth and mouth a priority. Board Certified Veterinary Dental Specialists state that proper dental care for our pets can increase their lifespan by as much as 25% with regular veterinary dental care.
Tartar and plaque containing bacteria can begin to form in pets as young as one year of age. Without proper brushing and polishing, dogs and cats show signs of gum disease and tooth decay due to lack of proper dental care by the age of four years. Without proper dental care bacteria can ultimately not only cause problems to your pet’s teeth but to their liver, kidneys and even heart. Periodontal disease is one of the most common reasons people ultimately bring their dogs and cats to a veterinarian.
Typically the first sign of dental disease is bad breath. Our doctors will show you ways to stay on top of clean teeth and healthy gums at home. They will counsel you on products to use, including chew toys, food, treats, and teeth brushing kits to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. If our doctors determine that your pet is suffering from periodontal disease, Mancos Valley Veterinary Hospital offers full dental cleaning and extraction services at our clinic.
If you feel your pet is suffering from unusual bad breath or dirty teeth, please contact one of our staff to set up an examination. Our experienced and caring doctors have cared for the teeth of hundreds of pets, and are ready to care for your pet as well!