While most of us have regular dental appointments for ourselves, we often overlook the dental health of our pets. It is important our pets have healthy teeth to maintain a pain-free life, eat without pain, and maintain a healthy weight.
The Need for Dental Care
‘Dog’ and ‘Cat’ breath are not normal. It is often a sign of gum or tooth disease. When was the last time you tried to look at all 42 of your dog’s or all 28 of your cat’s teeth? Yes…they have equal to more teeth than we do. Bad breath is just the tip of the iceberg. The infection present causes pain and hidden damage to the liver and lungs and especially the kidneys in cats.
Pets Need Dental Care Too
70% of cats and dogs over the age of 3 have dental disease that needs treatment. Let’s catch the disease early before extractions may be needed. When your pet needs a dental procedure rest assured that they will receive the best care as with any surgical patient. This includes an intravenous catheter and balanced fluids with injectable and inhalant anesthesia; warming water blanket. We use high-tech dental cleaning equipment specific for pets. If we do find a possible bad tooth we can get a digital x-ray of it to see if it can be saved. Not even many human dentists use the digital X-ray technology we use for your pet to check for cavities and loose, infected teeth.
Just as we brush our teeth 2-3 times daily, it is best to brush our pet’s teeth daily. Toothpastes specific for pets is best. For those pets who will not cooperate or whose owner’s schedules will not allow, then using veterinary recommended dental chews is next best.
These strategies will allow your pet to live a longer, healthier and pain free life.
To schedule an appointment, or if you have questions regarding your pet’s oral hygiene, you can call us at 503.666.1600.