Is it Bad Not to Get Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned?
February has been declared pet dental month, so we as pet owners are made aware of the importance of our pet’s dental health. We may ask, is it bad not to get your dog’s teeth cleaned? There are many reasons that the answer to this question is a resounding YES! We may think the only reason to get our dog’s teeth cleaned is to prevent horrific breath and brown teeth, but there are many health reasons as to why we need to clean our dog’s teeth. So, if your dog has terrible breath and brown teeth, he/she needs a dental examination. Bad breath is the first sign of gum disease. Gum disease can be the start of significant health issues in dogs. Eighty percent of dogs have some degree of periodontal disease by age two! Bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream through compromised/unhealthy gum tissue and this can cause damage throughout the dog’s body.
Diseases Caused by Poor Dental Health
- Heart valve infections
- Blood infection
- Bone infections
- Liver infections
Brushing a dog’s teeth is not an easy task. Shoot for at least one brushing a week. Start brushing your dog’s teeth when they are puppies to get them used to the process. Bring your dog to the vet for professional cleaning at least once a year, most vets recommend every six months especially for smaller dogs. Smaller dogs are more prone to periodontal disease.
Schedule a Cleaning
Animal Medical Center of Appleton can help you with your dog’s dental care and any other pet care needs. We are located by the Fox River Mall in Appleton. We serve pets in the Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Grand Chute, and the surrounding areas. Call 920-749-1717 or visit us at the Animal Medical Center of Appleton