One of the most overlooked aspects in preventative maintenance is dental care. It is very important to the health of your pet. Dogs and cats do have problems with their teeth. Many of these problems are very slow in onset. Reluctance to eat, odor from the mouth, and loss of energy are a few of the signs that may point to dental disease.
Some potentially serious health problems can start with a minor tooth or gum problem. Bacterial growth on neglected and irritated gums can be carried by the bloodstream to your pet's vital organs and cause major damage or cause them to fail. Since most pets are not big complainers, we really have to pay close attention to spot these little irritations or infections early (as early as 12 months of age). A regular routine of keeping the mouth clean and healthy at all times is the best way to head off problems before they start.