Around four months of age, dogs and cats begin to get their permanent teeth. It is important to keep an eye on their dental health from an early age.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats start to show signs of oral disease by age three. A yellow/brown tartar along the gum line, inflamed gums, and frequent bad breath can all be signs of dental disease. Without proper dental care, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to periodontal disease and oral pain.
Daily brushing of your pet’s teeth can help prevent plaque and calculus. If you are unable to brush their teeth, provide them with hard chew toys and dry food to help break down any plaque buildup on the teeth. Flavored toothpaste and toothbrushes are designed for your pet and can help aid in the dental health.
At West Jefferson Animal Hospital, we offer pet dental exams, professional cleanings and extractions. Please call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly receptionists.
To make an appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at (614) 879-8250.