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Posted on 05-04-2016

Dental Care: An Integral Part of Your Sarasota Pet's Wellness

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Imagine the state your health would be in if you never visited a dentist, flossed, or even brushed your teeth. This unhealthy state is, unfortunately, a reality for most pets. Just as it is vital for a person's health, oral hygiene should be an integral part of your Sarasota pet's regular health routine for both wellness and preventative health care. 

Our Sarasota Veterinarian Encourages Pet Dental Exams for Cats and Dogs 

Although most pet owners are unaware of the importance of pet dental exams, our Sarasota veterinarian knows that good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are an integral part of veterinary wellness and preventative care. Like people lacking oral hygiene, cats' and dogs' teeth build up bacteria, plaque, and tartar, which can lead to cavities, abscessed teeth, discomfort, pain, and more serious health problems like periodontal disease. 

As tartar builds up on teeth, it pushes the gums away from the teeth, creating pockets of space where harmful bacteria thrive, leading to cavities and gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease will not only cause your pet pain and discomfort while eating and drinking, it can also cause more serious health problems such a bacterial blood infection and liver, kidney, and heart damage. If ignored, periodontal disease can even lead to premature death. 

Painful conditions such as cavities, abscessed teeth, and periodontal disease can be easily prevented with regular dental examinations, cleanings, and at-home dental care for cats and dogs. At Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital, we recommend patients have a dental examination annually with their regular wellness appointment. During your pet's checkup, we can also discuss methods of dental care which you can provide for your dog or cat at home in between cleanings such as brushing, dental chews, and specially formulated pet food. 

Contact our office today to schedule your pet's regular dental exam and cleaning. If your pet is a new patient, be sure to ask us about our New Client Special. 

Do you practice pet dental care at home with brushing, dental food, or dental chews? 

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