Here at Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital, we see firsthand what an incredible impact good oral healthcare can have on your pet's health and happiness as they age. Healthy mouth = healthy pet!
February is Pet Dental Health Month
Each February at CVH, we celebrate Pet Dental Health Month to help increase awareness of the ways that improving your pet’s dental health can improve their overall health and quality of life.
Improving your pet’s oral health is about more than just improving their bad breath. It can have a lasting impact on their quality of life and is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that your four legged friend stay healthy as they age.
Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar are often the earliest noticeable signs of periodontal disease, but the term “periodontal disease” doesn’t really refer to the tartar that exists above the gumline. In reality, the disease develops in beneath the gumline where we can’t easily see its effects. As plaque and tartar spread underneath the gumline, they cause inflammation of the gums and bone loss around the teeth themselves. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to a whole host of other problems, including oral abscesses and infection inside the jaw bone.
In addition, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and be carried around the body, leading to changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys as our pets age. Because of this, routine oral healthcare is one of the most important things you can do to take care of your pet's overall health. Wondering how a simple oral exam can help us tell what might be lurking underneath your pet's gumline? Dr. Hawk explains how he evaluates your pet's oral health in a quick and handy video.
What Our Patients Say
What Our Patients Say
Mo & Scout
I have been bringing my animals here for 12 years. The doctors are excellent and the support staff and vet techs are great. My pets have always been treated very well here and the whole team is always very kind and supportive to the humans in the family!
Some of the kindest and most professional vets and techs I have ever met.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Dental Health
Have questions? Check out our infographic, full of our most frequently asked questions about pet dental healthcare.