Benefits of Routine Dental Care for Small Pets

 

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Elmhurst Animal Care Center
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Based in Elmhurst, Illinois, veterinarian Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is one of only 15 animal care practitioners in the state to obtain diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a long-time partner and staff veterinarian for Elmhurst Animal Care Center, a practice that provides a number of dental care services for pets.

Like humans, pets can become seriously ill due to poor dental health. Dogs and cats over the age of 3 are particularly susceptible to periodontal disease. Moreover, advanced dental problems can cause tooth loss and major organ failure.

Incorporating a professional dental cleaning into a pet’s annual health examination can help veterinarians identify dental problems early on and prevent them altogether by removing plaque buildup.

Owners can also follow a more frequent cleaning routine at home. Every day, dogs should chew on toys specially designed to reduce plaque. Pet owners can also use a variety of toothbrushes or bacteria-eliminating dental fluids to keep their pet’s mouth clean.

Household Hazards for Small Pets

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Small Pets
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Veterinarian Joel Todd Leroy Prince practices at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Illinois. A board certified veterinarian, Joel Todd Leroy Prince is particularly knowledgable about the care and treatment of small animals.

Health hazards around the home are one of the greatest health concerns for curious small pets such as hamsters and rats. Heavy metals and toxins found in common household items are of particular concern. Electric cords, a commonly chewed upon item, contain zinc. This can lead to zinc poisoning, which may be fatal.

Lead poisoning is another key concern, especially in older homes. Paint, drywall, linoleum, and other construction materials can contain lead. Small mammals routinely find ways to access and chew these materials, especially when permitted to explore unsupervised.

Some types of commonly sold pet bedding can be dangerous for small pets as well. Cedar and pine beddings are known to cause health problems in most types of small animals, and are to be avoided.