It is easy to forget that your pet’s dental health is important to their overall well-being, but it truly is. Dental disease often leads to kidney and heart disease in cats and dogs. Bacteria from abscessed teeth and bleeding gums can penetrate your little one’s bloodstream and cause damage to their heart, kidneys, and other vital organs.
This is why we check for tartar build-up at their annual checkup, as well as recommending dental care, such as routine cleanings. If we find abscessed teeth or root exposure, extraction of one or more teeth may be necessary. When dental work is performed, we may recommend pre-op bloodwork, an IV catheter, or a heartworm test. We will likely send home pain medications and antibiotics, if they have not already been given.
It is vitally important to keep your little one’s dental health in check. Research shows that pets live an average of two years longer when their dental health is kept up with.