Most people understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and are willing to take action to keep their teeth healthy. But when it comes to animals, owners often neglect to show the same concern. Pets can’t brush their teeth after every meal; however, this doesn’t mean they don’t require dental care. At Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital in San Jose, CA, our team of dedicated veterinarians is committed to maintaining the dental hygiene of your pet.
Why pet dental care is important
Animals need their teeth. They are essential for vital activities like eating and communicating and can lead to a decline in overall health if they are not properly maintained. Health complications like heart and kidney disease are known to be linked to infections that originate in the gums. Plus, pets use their teeth for social and recreational purposes so improper dental hygiene can lead to a decline in an animal’s ability to live a normal life.
Consequences of Bad Dental Hygiene in Pets
Pets use their teeth so much, the consequences of ignoring dental health can be severe. Broken or rotten teeth can lead to malnourishment if pets are not able to eat properly. Dogs and cats are susceptible to periodontal disease, which can lead to serious teeth and gum problems. Infections that start in the mouth are known to cause health complications like diabetes and jaw fractures. Dental infections can also weaken your pet's immune system, which is important to pay attention to during COVID-19. Although the number of domesticated animals that have contracted the illness is low, there is still a risk and pet owners should be vigilant.
How a Veterinarian Can Help
Even if you can check your pet’s teeth regularly, they will still require additional care to maintain healthy teeth and gums. A veterinarian can examine your pets’ mouth and properly identify any problem areas. Vets can clean plaque and tartar, treat abrasions in the gums, repair or extract broken teeth, and perform any other necessary procedures or operations to improve dental hygiene. Dental care is a delicate science. So if you want the best dental care for your pet, it’s best to consult a professional.
Make Your Pet Smile
Dental care is an important aspect of keeping your pets healthy and happy. Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital is proud to provide top of the line veterinary care to the people and pets of San Jose, CA. Dental care is one of our specialties and our passionate team of veterinarians is happy to help with any questions or pet dental needs. Call 408-227-1661 to schedule your pet’s appointment!