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Posted on 03-08-2017
A cat or dog's dental health is intricately linked with its overall well-being--much in the same way as it is for their human owners! At Terra Losa Animal Clinic of Alberta, our Edmonton team encourages all local pet owners to regularly bring their cat or dog in for a teeth examination and cleaning.
Chronic problems with a pet's gums and teeth are common, especially as it grows older. Like humans, cats and dogs can acquire tartar and plaque build-up on their teeth over time, which can attract bacteria. This can lead to an infection of either the gum (known as periodontal disease) or of the tooth itself (known as an abscess). Other forms of dental health problems include broken or missing teeth, oral tumors, and broken jaws. Any of these scenarios can lead to painful and uncomfortable problems for your cat, including difficulty chewing and swallowing food, pain in the mouth, bad breath, excessive drooling, and more. Dental infections can even cause systemic infections elsewhere since bacteria and toxins in the mouth can leech into the bloodstream and spread throughout your animal's body.
Fortunately, by providing regular teeth brushing and safe chewing options at home, plus taking your cat or dog in for treatment regularly, it's much easier to keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy and disease-free. This also can save you a lot of time, money, and energy in the future by preventing dental disease rather than having to treat it down the road.
Based on what we find during your appointment, you can expect our veterinary staff to give you some specific tips on improving your pet's dental health at home. If a problem is detected, we'll outline the next steps that we recommend to improve both your pet's dental health and its quality of life.
The friendly and experienced staff at Terra Losa Animal Clinic knows you care about your cat or dog just like any other member of the family. Nutrition, exercise, socialization, obedience training, parasite prevention, pet vaccinations--you've got it covered, and we can help! We want to ensure that you add pet dental care to that very important list for the well-being of your animal--plus peace of mind for yourself! To schedule a pet dental exam or to learn about our many other comprehensive veterinary services, call Terra Losa Animal Clinic today at (587) 400-3752.
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