Does your four-legged friend have bad breath? Despite what many pet owners may believe, stinky breath is not just a nuisance- it can be a sign of an unhealthy mouth. But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? Let the doctor's at West Alabama Animal Clinic examine your pet's teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a dental cleaning, with anesthesia, or options for at-home dental care.
Dental hygiene should be an important part of your pet's health, because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart and kidney disease.
Bad breath is caused by bacteria, and over time, bacteria can lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet's teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums and other common signs of dental disease. Other signs of progressed dental disease can include drooling, discomfort while chewing and loose or missing teeth.
Even if you think your pet's teeth and gums are fine, we can offer expert advice to help you keep them that way. Dental health shouldn't be taken for granted. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your pet in for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
We want your pet to live a long, healthy life and we understand that maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Your pet's health is important to us, so let us help you with this commitment.
Call today to discuss your pet's dental care needs and how we can help! 713-528-0818