Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues related to the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common health issue among our pet population.

Importance of Pet Dental Care

In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pets’ health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pets’ dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.

The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through professional cleanings. Animal Ark Animal Hospital performs thorough teeth cleanings for dogs and cats including the area beneath the gums that you can’t see or access at home.

Pet Dental Care Video AVMA

This veterinary dentistry video from the AVMA tells about how to prevent the most common clinical condition in dogs and cats, periodontal disease. Most of this disease does lie below the gum line of animals. Learn about this disease from a board-certified veterinary dentist.  Signs that periodontal disease may be present in your pet include bad breath or yellow or darkened teeth. With regular oral healthcare exams and cleanings from an experienced veterinarian, periodontal disease is completely preventable

If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at (615) 778-0880 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s’ dental cleaning.