Most people realize how important dental care is for people, but did you know oral health is equally important for pets? Studies show that both dogs and cats need to begin regular cleanings as young as one year of age. Without this regular cleaning and brushing, your pet will soon develop a thin layer of bacteria on their teeth and gum line. These bacteria then begin to harden to form tartar and plaque in the mouth of your pet. Left unchecked, the bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease, making it difficult for your dog or cat to eat most foods. These bacteria in the mouth will also enter the bloodstream, causing damage to the heart, liver and kidneys, while shortening the life expectancy of the pet.
Remember that preventative care is always more effective and less costly than treatment of disease, and this is true of your pet’s dental health as well. Call one of our team members today at 601-736-3041 to schedule a dental examination for your pet at Columbia Animal Hospital.