Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Your Pets Need Dental Care, Too!

At some point or another, most of us have owned a pet. As a pet owner myself I wasn't really aware of the importance of maintaining my pet's dental care until I read up on it.
According to the American Veterinarians Association, dental disease in dogs and cats can set our pets up for a whole smorgasbord of maladies. According to "The inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease may damage other organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys, or lead to other serious health problems."
Other dental problems such as cracked or decayed teeth or even abscesses can go undetected for a long time, leaving your pet at risk for infections.  It's always a good idea to regularly brush their teeth or feed them dental chews (sold everywhere) to prevent tooth decay. Try to have their teeth examined regularly as well.  Understandably, that isn't always possible but you can always check their mouth for any obvious signs of tooth decay or disease.  Bad breath, darkened teeth and inflamed gums are just a few of the things you can visibly detect on your pet. If they are in serious pain they may pant, pace and whimper. 
Pets are people too!  Don't let them go untreated! 

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