One of the most important things you can do for the overall health of your pet is to take care of their dental needs. Studies show that by three years of age, over 80% of dogs and cats have some degree of oral health issues, so it is beneficial to begin dental care early. Fortunately, the doctors at Shelby Center Hospital for Animals have many years of experience in the successful treatment and prevention of oral disease in both dogs and cats in Memphis, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas.
Dental disease in pets begins just as it does in humans - with the collection of bacteria in the mouth. Without brushing or professional cleaning, these bacteria will begin to harden and form plaque in our furry family members. Long-term neglect of the teeth can lead to tooth and gum decay, leading to pain and difficulty eating. Even worse, the constant swallowing of these bacteria can damage the liver, kidneys and heart.
Whether you have a new puppy, kitten, or an older pet and have just learned about the importance of pet dental care, the doctors at Shelby Center Hospital for Animals can create a plan that is right for your pet. Our compassionate doctors can instruct you on how to brush and care for your pet’s teeth at home, as well as determine a proper diet for their oral health. A thorough examination will be performed to determine if any extractions are needed, and whether your pet will benefit from a professional cleaning and polishing. Call one of our team members at Shelby Center for Animals at (901) 372-2215 and schedule your pet’s dental examination today!