Pet Dental Care: Is it Really Worth it?

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.

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The Stages of Pet Periodontal Disease

Preventive care is essential to keep your pet healthy and happy for life, and pet dental care is a big part of that approach. It’s been reported that 85% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by the age of 3. But did you know that pet periodontal disease is actually preventable?

It’s important to know there are multiple stages of pet periodontal disease. Without a dental exam, x-rays, and cleaning, there’s no way to know if your pet’s oral health is at risk.

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How Bad Pet Breath can Indicate Health Concerns

iStock_000081523419_MediumDoggy and kitty kisses are less appreciated when bad pet breath becomes a factor. Unfortunately, there are still misconceptions about the cause of halitosis in pets and whether or not it’s normal.

While it’s true your pet won’t ever experience minty fresh breath, a foul odor may be an indicator of dental disease or other healthy problems. Continue…