Good dental hygiene is important to your pet’s overall health. Does your pet have bad breath? Bad breath is caused from bacteria that over time will lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. As the dental disease progresses, your pet may have discomfort while chewing, excessive drooling, and lose of teeth. Giving your pet dental treats will help control tartar, but trying to brush daily and a good oral assessment by one of our veterinarians each year is a must. What if your pet needs a teethcleaning? If an oral assessment is done and the doctors feels like a cleaning is in order we will schedule that as soon as possible. We will first need to do some pre-op blood work, then the day of the procedure will do digital radio graphs to check the teeth below the gum-line while your pet is under anesthesia.
Left untreated dental disease can cause serious health problems such as heart and kidney disease. We want your pet to live a long, healthy life, and maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Fortunately, many dental problems can be addressed through home care and bringing your pet in for regular dental check ups and cleanings as necessary.