While you might go to the dentist regularly to have your dental health monitored, when was the last time you had the dental health of your pet checked? Your dog or cat’s teeth are one of their most important tools! In order to prevent your pet from experiencing severe dental pain or decay, have your pets teeth checked regularly! Read here about monitoring your pets dental health:
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.
Want to schedule a dental appointment for your pet? Call Gresham Animal Hospital today at 503.666.1600 or contact us here!