The Importance of Dental Care
Alma Veterinary Hospital believe oral health and hygiene is of paramount importance for the general health and well-being of your pet. Dental disease in dogs and cats is one of the most common conditions seen by veterinary surgeons. Without preventative care saliva and food form a layer of thin film over the teeth known as plaque. If plaque is not cleaned away regularly it will form hard deposits on the teeth and gums known as tartar.
Plaque and tartar irritate the gums causing bad breath (halitosis), inflammation (gingivitis), infection, tooth decay, oral pain, salivation and loss of appetite. Toxins released into the bloodstream from poor oral health can cause your pet to feel unwell and may also affect other organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.