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Your pet’s oral hygiene affects both its comfort and quality of life. As a responsible pet owner, it’s your job to ensure that your pet gets regular tooth brushings at home and dental checkups from the veterinarian. Without this kind of care, your pet could lose his or her teeth and develop painful dental diseases. Poor dental health in pets has even been linked with decreased lifespan and an increased risk of other diseases including heart disease and dementia (because bacteria from infected teeth can leech into the bloodstream and wreak havoc elsewhere in the body). That's right: dental care for cats and dogs is really is key! Fortunately, our Leonardtown veterinarian can help.
By regularly brushing your pet’s teeth and also watching his or her regular habits, you’ll be in the perfect position to notice if your pet starts to show symptoms of dental disease. Watch out for these pet dental disease warning signs:
It's important to remember that not all dental health problems will show symptoms early on in the disease process. So to ensure early detection and treatment, it's important to bring your animal in for a regular pet dental exam so that our trained vet team can thoroughly evaluate the health of your cat or dog's teeth and gums.
At your animal's next pet dental exam at our Leonardtown animal hospital, you can expect our vet to do the following:
The comfort and safety of your pet are our number one priority. During your pet’s dental checkup, our Leonardtown vet staff will administer anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable for your animal. Anesthesia also allows our staff members to be safe and perform their examination, cleaning, and/or pet dental surgery more thoroughly since your pet will be still throughout the procedure.
Every dental checkup might be a little bit different, depending on your animal's unique dental health needs. But your pet’s veterinarian will know what to do to maximize your pet's dental health as much as possible.
Don’t underestimate the importance of pet dental care! For more information about premier pet dental care for dogs and cats in Southern Maryland, contact Dr. Fenwick, our local vet at Breton Animal Hospital. She proudly accepts pets from Leonardtown, Hollywood, Lexington Park, Callaway, and surrounding St. Mary’s County communities.