Does your pet have bad breath? A foul-smelling mouth is not a normal condition for our animals and can indicate periodontal disease. Dental issues can begin in pets as young as one year of age, and studies suggest that as much as 85% of pets have periodontal disease by age three without proper dental care. Fortunately, the caring veterinary professionals at Gulf Coast Veterinary Hospital have many years of experience in providing dental care to the pets in the Gulf Shores, Foley, and Orange Beach areas of Alabama, and they will bring that same level of attention to your constant companion as well.
How will regular dental cleanings help my pet?
Imagine how bad the condition of your mouth would be without regular brushing and trips to the dentist. Many of the same issues you would face are present in animals that do not have routine dental care. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other symptoms can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth. Finally, these bacteria in the mouth can cause damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys of a pet not receiving regular brushing and cleaning. A pet receiving regular oral care will often live several years longer than a pet without dental care.
Even if you think your pet’s teeth and gums are healthy, Dr. Brown can offer expert advice to help you keep them that way! Dental health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your pet to us for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
We want your constant companion to live a long, healthy life, and we understand that maintaining a healthy mouth is essential. Call Gulf Coast Veterinary Hospital to set your pet’s dental appointment today!