Do you have your teeth periodically cleaned? Most of us go to the dentist a couple of times a year, sometimes for vanity sake, but mostly to maintain our dental health because we understand how important that is. We’ll bet that very few of you out there brush your pet’s teeth, even though it is an important part of their well-being, too. Here are some reasons why you should have your dog or cat’s teeth checked annually:
Just like with humans, a rotting tooth can lead to considerable discomfort. Also, if the problem reaches the point of no return, the offending tooth has to be extracted, leading to more difficulties with chewing. If a vet doesn’t perform the procedure, the tooth can come out on its own, which is a far more prolonged and unpleasant chain of events. Can you imagine how your eating pleasure would be compromised if you were missing several of your teeth? The same is true for animals.
Removing a bad tooth is not necessarily the end of the problem. The decay is caused by bacteria and that can remain in the animal’s system, leading to further illness. These can be quite serious and debilitating, like pancreatitis, leading to many treatments and hefty bills. You want the best for your pets, so that means being proactive, rather than reactive. It makes sense for both their quality of life and your finances, plus spares you both the stress of home treatments.
Also, decay can spread, so the longer the affected tooth remains in the mouth, the better the chance that others can be affected.
Have your noticed the cat’s breath being rather foul lately? That can happen for a number of reasons, including tooth decay. Once the tooth is dealt with, the issue should resolve itself.