Making sure that your pet receives regular dental care is the best way to avoid complications from dental disease and add years to the life of your pet. Oak Tree Animal Clinic supplies dental services including examination, cleaning and recommendations for at-home care between dental visits.
The veterinarians at Oak Tree Animal Clinic encourage pet owners to begin regular dental exams and cleanings when your pets are young to prevent the development of periodontal disease. As with people, oral disease in pets begins with bacteria in the mouth that harden and form plaque that adhere to teeth. If not removed through regular care and cleaning, these bacteria will accumulate, harden into tartar, and can lead to the development of periodontal disease. Once periodontal disease is established, the constant exposure to these bacteria can potentially cause damage to major organs of the body such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Routine check ups and cleanings from your veterinarian are key factors in keeping your pet healthy. Brushing your pet’s teeth in between cleanings and supplying them with oral hygiene chews are additional preventive measures.
If you notice your pets illustrating the following symptoms, they may be suffering from dental disease and should be evaluated:
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Swelling of the face
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Weight loss
Oak Tree Animal Clinic provides dental services to pets in Lewisburg, Olive Branch, Nesbit, Hernando, and Southaven, Mississippi. Call today to schedule an appointment for your pet.