Because dental health is one of the most overlooked pet health care concerns for pets, we have dedicated an entire month to help remind our owners just how important this issue is. Unfortunately, delaying or postponing dental health care will lead to mouth or tooth pain and eventually tooth loss. Dental disease doesn’t affect just the mouth. It can also lead to liver, kidney, heart and immune system disease. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three.
Warning signs to look for in your pet:
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity around the mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Yellow or brown deposits on the teeth
- Bleeding, inflamed, or receding gums
- Loose or missing teeth
- Pawing at the mouth or face
- Difficulty chewing
The Animal Hospital of West Chester’s check-ups include monitoring your pet’s dental health, but if you see any of these signs between visits, give us a call at 513-777-5131.
Ways to keep you pet’s teeth healthy:
- Bring your pet in for regular check-ups
- Brush you pet’s teeth at least a few times a week – we’ll show you how
- Choose a pet food formulated to reduce tartar and plaque – ask us for recommendations
- Use plaque-reducing treats and toys
Talk with us about your pet’s dental health. We can prevent and manage your pet’s oral problems before they become serious.