Pet owners do everything they can to ensure their furry companions are happy and healthy. One important aspect of overall health is pet dental care. Unfortunately, neglecting your pet's oral hygiene can lead to serious health problems. At Fleur Pet Hospital serving the Des Moines and Millman area, we help pet owners understand why this preventative care is an integral part of their pet’s wellness.
The Importance of Pet Dental Care
Making sure your pet's teeth and gums get the attention needed is just as important as their physical well-being. Proper dental hygiene plays a role in your pet living a longer life. One of the most significant issues for pets is periodontal disease, which occurs in more than 70 percent of pets before age three. Not only can it be a painful condition for your pet’s mouth, but dangerous bacteria can move throughout the body, damaging major organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys. Fortunately, this condition is preventable with routine care from our veterinarian.
How To Ensure Your Pet Has Excellent Oral Hygiene
Routine exams at our veterinary clinic are one of the best preventative measures you can take for your pet's oral health. Your pet’s visit will include a comprehensive examination of the teeth, cleaning, and polishing to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Under the gum line is where the cleaning is focused, where bacteria are prevalent. General anesthesia is used to help with a complete cleaning and exam.
At home, you can do your part by brushing your pet's teeth and providing appropriate nutrition. We also suggest using dental chews or treats that help combat the buildup of plaque. If your pet needs additional oral care, such as an extraction, we will schedule a follow-up appointment.
Contact Our Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care in Des Moines, IA
Dr. Williams at Fleur Pet Hospital is your preferred choice for pet care services in Des Moines. No pet should have to suffer from discomfort or pain as a result of poor dental hygiene. Call our team today at (515) 285-1297 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.