You are probably well aware that you need to see a dentist regularly. However, you may not realise that the same is true of your pet. An annual check-up for your dog or cat is a vital part of its health care. Here are some reasons why.
Firstly, cats and dogs can be subject to the same kinds of dental problems that afflict humans. Dogs and cats can experience a build-up of plaque and tartar that can attack the tooth and lead to tooth decay, which may need surgery to fix. Gum disease is also a common condition, especially in cats. It happens when the build-up of plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, which can in turn weaken the teeth and the jaw. An annual dental check-up will allow the vet to remove this plaque to keep the gums and teeth healthy, preventing any dental problems in the first place.
As well as preventing dental problems, the vet will be able to identify and treat any issues that have already arisen. Cats and dogs can be very good at covering up discomfort or pain, and it is not always easy to find the cause when they do seem a bit subdued. If your pet is off its food or is not its usual self, it may not be obvious that this is due to a problem with its teeth. A regular check-up will allow your vet to find any problems and make sure they are properly treated.
Home dental regime
A regular check-up will also allow your vet to give advice on how to look after your cat or dog at home. There are many things you can do to keep your pet's teeth in top condition, such as regular brushing, the use of dental treats and even mouthwashes for your pet. Your vet will be able to recommend a dental care regime that will be tailored to your pet's particular needs. It may take time for your pet to get used to this regime, so your vet will also be able to give you advice on how to introduce the regime in a way that will not distress the animal.
Dental check-ups are as important to the health of your cat or dog as they are for you. Contact your vet today for a dog or cat dental appointment, and you will make sure that your pet's teeth and gums stay healthy.