Making a Difference with Pet Dental Care

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Making a Difference with Pet Dental Care

Making a Difference with Pet Dental Care

As I drove away from my office yesterday, I thought to myself, I really enjoy my profession because I love the fact that I can “make a difference” in the lives of the pets and their owners on a daily basis. This particular day was relevant because I was able to provide dental care for an aging kitty, who was obviously going to suffer from the side effects of dental disease, and what a difference I made in her overall health and comfort as I identified and removed many broken and diseased teeth. I recognized she had pain, and I had the foresight to see she could suffer from systemic disease, had I not taken good care of her mouth. I felt this story was appropriate because February is National Pet Dental Health Month. During this month, veterinarians locally and around the country provide Free Dental Exams and reduced rate dental cleanings for pets to encourage better dental hygiene which leads to overall better pet health.

Why is Pet Dental Care Important?

There are many reasons to have your pet’s teeth examined and potentially cleaned professionally.

First of all, pets don’t generally always have bad breath. So if you notice your pet’s breath odor has changed, there could potentially be a problem tooth that needs to be addressed.

Secondly, your pet could have dental pain and you may not even know it.  Even though you may open your pet’s mouth and it all looks ok on the surface, a complete dental exam as well as a thorough dental cleaning allow the veterinarian to carefully identify problem areas and perform deep cleaning around the teeth and probe the gums for “pockets”, which represent decay and ultimately disease in the bone around the tooth. Remember, your pets can’t always tell you they hurt!

Thirdly, dental disease can lead to systemic infections. Significant dental disease in the mouth can allows dangerous bacteria to enter the blood stream and cause life –threatening systemic illness affecting the heart, lungs, kidneys, and bones.

Finally, Dental Disease can complicate other disease processes, for example in diseases such as diabetes, it is difficult to regulate a pet’s sugar level. If a pet has to fight an infection in their mouth, it becomes more difficult to fight infections in other areas of the body.

Your Eagle and Vail Veterinarian is Here to Help!

Your Eagle and Vail veterinarian is encouraging you to take advantage of National Pet Dental Health month and schedule your pet for his/her’s dental exams so you can have a healthier pet overall!

We look forward to seeing you!