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The Benefits of Keeping Your Pet’s Teeth Clean

As a pet owner, the health of your dog or cat is probably of great importance to you. However, you may not always remember that one aspect of preventing illness or infection in your pet is good oral care. No matter the age or breed of your dog or cat, keeping its teeth clean has several benefits. 
They Can Eat Comfortably 
When you have your pet’s teeth cleaned regularly, the vet can check for signs of oral issues that may lead to tooth loss if left untreated. When your pet loses teeth due to poor oral health, chewing may become uncomfortable, and the animal might eat less. This can result in malnutrition and other health issues. 
Cleaning Minimizes Bacteria 
The buildup of plaque and tartar in your pet’s mouth can lead to increased bacterial growth. Over time, bacteria can enter the body and affect several important organs: 
•    Kidneys 
•    Liver 
•    Heart
A regular cleaning can minimize the presence of bacteria in the mouth and prevent infection. 
Improved Breath Odor
While “doggy breath” is common, a foul odor emanating from your pet’s mouth could be a sign of periodontal disease. Taking your pet in for a teeth cleaning could prevent further oral problems and improve its breath so hugs and kisses are more pleasant. 
Keeping your pet’s teeth clean could improve its health and even prolong its life. For more information about pet teeth cleaning, call Hirsch Animal Hospital at 904-285-0023.