If you consider your pets to be members of your family, you probably want to ensure they stay happy and healthy. At Atoka Veterinary Clinic, serving Atoka, OK, we can help you will all aspects of your pet's health, including dental care. Our offices serving Tushka, Lehigh, and Stringtown provide the very best pet dental options. Keep reading to learn more.
Why Does Animal Dental Care Matter?
The dental health of animals is often an overlooked aspect of their overall health. In pets, though, dental health can affect many aspects of their quality of life. On a very basic level, if your pets are experiencing pain or discomfort with their teeth, it can start to affect their appetite. When an animal is not getting enough nutrition, all other systems of the body can be affected in a negative way.
In more serious cases, infections in the teeth and gums can lead to heart problems and blood infections that can threaten your pet's life.
How to Successfully Care for Your Pets’ Teeth
Good oral care for animals starts with nutrition. You can help your pets by providing them with quality food that meets the nutritional needs of their species, breed, and age. It is also a good idea to monitor your pets to make sure they are not eating or chewing things that could harm their teeth.
Pet owners can take an active role in their pets’ dental health by cleaning their pets’ teeth on a regular basis. It is a good idea to talk to our veterinarian about how to administer preventative care. Preventative care is very important for dogs, cats, and horses. Talk to your vet about the dental care needs of other large animals as well.
When to See Our Veterinarian for Professional Pet Dental Care
Dental care can be a regular part of your pets’ visit to our vet. However, there can be times when your pets need special dental attention. Here are a few signs that your pets could have dental issues:
- Loss of appetite
- Whining when the face is touched
- Lack of interest in playing with chew toys (dogs)
- Swollen gums
- Unusual smell from mouth
To learn more about our services, contact us at Atoka Veterinary Clinic serving Atoka, Tushka, Lehigh, and Stringtown, OK. We will be happy to help you provide the best care possible for your pets. Give us a call today at 580-889-2125.