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Taking care of your dog or cat's teeth is every bit as important as the rest of their body. One of the best ways to keep on top of your pet's oral hygiene is to make a call to Hickory Grove Animal Hospital in Charlotte to make an appointment with our veterinarian for a pet dental exam. Here is some information about pet dental care and why it is so important to maintain.
Many pets suffer from tartar buildup on the teeth. Leaving this substance in place on the teeth can lead to periodontal disease, which includes inflammation of the gums and the possibility of tooth loss over time. If there is a problem with the teeth or gums, it often leads to additional medical problems. For example, if a tooth hurts an animal, they may have trouble eating without pain, leading to weight loss. Taking the time to get your pet's teeth checked by a vet, as well as helping your pet keep their teeth clean at home, will help to keep your dog or cat healthy.
Our veterinarian will first do an assessment of the condition of your pet's teeth and gums by looking at them in detail. If there are spots noticed where decay is present, they may recommend pulling a tooth so an infection does not occur. Our vet will also do a complete scaling of the teeth to remove any tartar present upon their surfaces. They will also provide you with information about how you can help to keep your pet's teeth in the best shape possible.
You can help to keep your pet's teeth clean by using a dog or cat toothbrush and paste to wipe away bacteria and food particles from the teeth as necessary. Many animals will warm up to this procedure after a few sessions. Make sure to use a meat-flavored paste to entice your pet to endure the process. Purchasing treats made especially for tartar control is also beneficial in keeping your pet's teeth clean.
While tartar buildup and periodontal disease are extremely common in pets, there are a few other problems that can arise as well. Our Hickory Grove Animal Hospital veterinarian can help with a broken tooth, bad breath, an abscess or infection to reduce pain and start the healing process. Other common conditions include infections, cysts or tumors in the mouth, and misalignment issues.
Call our veterinarian team at Hickory Grove Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC to tend to your pet’s dental needs. Contact us at 704-563-5858.