While National Dental month isn’t until February, we want to discuss why dental health is so important for your pets. Here at VCF, we offer twice yearly dental specials, one during dental health month, and the other in August. We like to offer it twice yearly to our clients because canine and feline dental health is that important!
Why do we worry so much about pet’s dental health you might ask? Well there are several health issues, besides a painful tooth, that can arise from a dirty pet mouth! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. By the time your pet is three years old, he or she will very likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventive measures aren’t taken. Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Other health problems found, in association with, periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes. It starts with plaque that hardens into tartar. Tartar above the gum line can often easily be seen and removed, but plaque and tartar below the gum line is damaging and sets the stage for infection and damage to the jawbone and the tissues that connect the tooth to the jaw bone. Periodontal disease is graded on a scale of 0 (normal) to 4 (severe). The treatment of periodontal disease involves a thorough dental cleaning and x-rays may be needed to determine the severity of the disease.
We strongly recommend having you pet’s teeth examined at least once yearly to determine if they need a dental cleaning. If you think your pet is need of a dental exam, or cleaning, please contact us at (813)681-9080, or if you would like to read more about canine and feline dental care please check out the AVMA for more information.