Hawthorne Animal Hospital explains why oral care is essential
Most pet owners do everything they can to protect the well-being of their dogs and cats, but one thing they often neglect to check is their teeth. As animals age, their bad breath is seen more as an annoyance than a sign that their health is in danger. However, bacteria that lingers in our furry friends’ mouths can travel through their bloodstream, putting their hearts, kidneys and livers at risk.
“As veterinarians, we often see cases of heart, liver or kidney disease that can be exacerbated by an animal’s rotting teeth and inflamed gums,” said Dr. Jennifer Davis of Hawthorne Animal Hospital at Glen Carbon. “Protecting our pet’s oral health every day takes less than a minute and can potentially help them live longer. But according to studies, less than seven percent of owners brush their pet’s teeth regularly.