healthy pets start with healthy mouths

When you think of taking good care of your pet, maybe their mouth isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Even if they’re breathing super stinky breath into your face, you might be thinking, “hey, that’s normal, right?”

Not always, it turns out.

Sure, pet breath might not be naturally minty fresh. But it’s worth knowing that really funky mouth smells can indicate disease (in the oral cavity or other internal organs).

Oral health plays a very big part in your pet's overall health and quality of life. An unhealthy mouth can lead to painful and unpleasant health issues down the road. We’re not kidding – in addition to potential tooth loss and other mouthy problems, bacteria from an unhealthy mouth can lead to heart, liver, or kidney disease.

Go with the pros

Banfield Pet Hospital® veterinary teams are here to help. A professional dental cleaning, done safely under anesthesia, lets us get right down into your pet’s mouth (above and below the gumline) to take a really good look and keep them healthy. Our teams have the tools and expertise to truly tackle a spectrum of oral health issues.

A bundle of budget-friendly care

If you’re familiar with Banfield, you probably know about Optimum Wellness Plans®. Each OWP bundles together a year’s worth of preventive care services for your pet, including comprehensive exams, unlimited office visits, and routinely recommended vaccinations, and can include an annual dental cleaning. It’s a great way to stay focused on your pet’s oral health – and help keep the pet you love healthy and happy.

If your pet already has an Optimum Wellness Plan with a dental cleaning, schedule an appointment soon. If not, get one started today. And in the meantime, there’s a lot you can do to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy at home. Provide good dental care at home and a professional dental cleaning every year, and you’ll be doing awesome.