Does your best friend have bad breath? Despite what many pet owners may believe, “dog breath” is not just a nuisance – it may be sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath is often caused by bacteria. Over time, these bacteria can lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth. Even if you administer treats and chews to help control tartar, these often are not enough to keep dental disease in check. The veterinarians at Briarwood Animal Hospital have been caring for the dental needs of pets in Jackson and the surrounding areas for many years, and they will also bring the same level of professionalism to your furry family member.
Oral hygiene is an extremely important part of your pet’s health, because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. Studies indicate that pets receiving regular dental care live longer lives than those who do not. But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? Let our experienced veterinarians examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine any dental issues you may need to know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (that requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.
Even if you think your pet’s teeth and gums are fine, our veterinarians will develop a plan to help you keep them in good health. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care, regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
We want your pet to live a long and healthy life. We understand that maintaining a healthy mouth is part of your pet’s healthy life. Your pets’ health is important to us, so let us help you with this commitment. Call Briarwood Animal Hospital at 601-956-5030 to discuss your pet’s dental care needs and how we can help!