Are you familiar with the health conditions common in big dogs? Your large breed dog may be at increased risk of developing one or more of these conditions.View Article
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Posted on 05-03-2018
Pet hygiene, especially dental hygiene, is important to your pet's health because of the risk of bacterial infection entering the bloodstream. Regular dental exams and cleanings should be a part of your pet's annual wellness check at Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital.
Dogs, cats, pocket pets and other animals may develop gingivitis (gum disease) if plaque is allowed to accumulate on teeth. Plaque is a type of bacterial biofilm that collects on teeth roots at the gum line. Unless removed by your pet dental veterinarian in Charlotte, plaque turns into tartar, a hard, erosive substance responsible for gum disease. Tartar expands beneath a pet's gums and forces gums to recede from teeth roots. Pets with gingivitis may also suffer serious oral infections, abscesses and possibly, loss of jawbone integrity.
Signs your pet may have oral disease include:
Research indicates a clear association between oral disease and your pet's susceptibility to heart disease, especially if oral bacteria enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart. Additionally, certain types of oral bacteria produce sticky proteins that cling to artery walls and interfere with blood flow to and from a pet's heart.
We ensure your pet's comfort during a cleaning or other dental procedure by providing light anesthesia if necessary. During a cleaning, your vet will gently scrape off plaque and tartar, polish teeth with a special veterinary toothpaste and check for cavities, chips and other tooth abnormalities.
Call our pet hospital today at 704-278-8000 to learn more about pet hygiene or to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian in Charlotte, NC.
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