Many of your pet’s needs are similar to your own needs. You need food, water, safe shelter, and lots of love; so do your pets. In addition to the basics, your pets also need some more detailed types of care too. Skimping on your pet’s dental cleaning can turn into big problems later on just like it can for humans. At Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach, FL, our veterinarian takes your pet’s dental needs very seriously.
Why Pets Need Dental Cleaning
Animals, just like humans, can have many medical problems that begin with their teeth and gums. Gum disease and plaque or tartar build-up can lead to serious problems down the road. Many dogs and cats will manifest mild to moderate disease of the gums or teeth by the time they are three years old. This is relatively young in your pet’s life. Diseases of the gums and teeth can lead to serious health problems that are difficult to treat.
What to Do
The best way to prevent dental issues is with regular dental cleanings and checkups. In addition to regular vet dental cleanings, you can also be proactive at home. Be sure that you practice good oral hygiene at home with your pet.
Your vet can train you on the best way to take care of your pet’s teeth at home. Like humans, pets need to have their teeth brushed and evaluated regularly. Evaluating your pet’s teeth will give you the chance to identify any problems early on so that they can be addressed by the veterinarian.
Questions to Ask
Your veterinarian can advise you on a treatment plan that will work well for your pet. You can discuss with your vet the practices and policies concerning dental cleanings. You may have concerns about anesthesia and other methods used during the cleaning process. Be sure to discuss this with your vet beforehand. If you would like to learn more about pet dental cleanings, call our friendly staff today at (772) 562-7845 for Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach, FL.