Pet dental care can help pets live longer

You know your pet benefits from regular wellness exams, up-to-date vaccinations, and year-round parasite protection, but many pet parents don’t realize that pet dental care is just as important. Professional dental exams and cleanings can be costly, and it’s easy to think they just aren’t worth the money. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

February is Pet Dental Health Month, and The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital want to make sure our readers know how important (and cost effective) it can be to invest in your pet’s dental health.

Why Pet Dental Care is so Important

Dental disease is one of the most common conditions diagnosed in pets over the age of three. Just like in humans, pet dental disease develops when plaque and tartar build up, causing inflammation in the gum tissue, tooth discoloration, pain, and infection.

Bacteria from an infected mouth can also find its way into the bloodstream, where it can cause widespread damage throughout the body. Pets with untreated dental disease can lose anywhere from 1-3 years off their total lifespan – a significant percentage of a pet’s life. Caring for your pet’s oral hygiene with daily toothbrushing and regular dental care can help keep your pet from becoming another bad statistic.

Invest in Your Pet’s Future

Professional dental exams and cleanings require anesthesia. This allows us to examine your pet’s entire mouth, probe each tooth, perform digital x-rays, and thoroughly descale and polish each tooth.

Offset the cost of professional pet dental care with the following tips:

  • Talk to your veterinarian ahead of time about pricing for various procedures so you won’t be blindsided by the bill.
  • Although most pet insurance companies don’t cover the cost of routine dental care, some offer a wellness program for an additional fee, which usually includes dental cleanings and exams.
  • Each month, put money into a savings account to help pay for your pet’s dental and medical care.
  • Brush your pet’s teeth every day! Preventive home care is the single best defense against dental disease. Plus, not having to pay for costly tooth extractions and other emergency dental care will save you money in the long run.

The Pet Experts are here to help every step of the way as you strive to provide the best oral health care for your pet. We’re always happy to answer questions about at-home and professional pet dental care. Give us a call today, and ensure a bright, pearly white future for your pet!

Take advantage of our current offer as we celebrate Pet Dental Health Month in February with 20% off dental cleanings! Book your appointment now!