pet dental services are easy to overlook, they are actually an essential part of your pet’s
overall wellness care. When it comes to dogs, for instance, some experts
85% of pooches have periodontal disease by the time they are three years old. Just as
in humans, dental disease can lead to a laundry list of health problems
for pets that can easily be prevented with regular dental care. Talk to
your veterinarian about the right dental care schedule for your pet. Here
is what you can expect during a checkup.
Your veterinarian will start out by performing a visual exam of your pet’s
teeth and gums. He or she will be looking for signs of infection and decay,
as well as other abnormalities that could indicate an oral health problem.
During this exam, your veterinarian can determine if your animal needs
further pet dental services, such as a cleaning. Even if you give your
pet dental treats at home and only feed him or her hard food, all animals
will require dental cleanings periodically to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
To remove plaque and tartar, your veterinarian will need to anaesthetize
your pet. Even the best behaved pets simply will not sit still for a thorough
teeth cleaning the way people do. The anesthesia is for your pet’s
comfort and so that your vet can thoroughly remove plaque and tartar that
is below the gum line – which is where the major problems lie for
dogs and cats. So-called ‘no-anesthesia’ teeth cleanings offered
by some simply cannot adequately address plaque and tartar below the gum
line. Failing to adequately clean all of the surfaces of all of teeth,
both above and below the gums, leaves your pet susceptible to pain and
tooth loss caused by gum disease as well as heart disease and other infections
caused by inflammation in the mouth.
Dental Maintenance Advice
Your vet will offer advice and suggestions for keeping your pet’s
teeth and gums as healthy as possible. He or she may recommend that you
begin to brush your pet’s teeth at home and, if so, can demonstrate
ways to get your pet used to the process.
Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide pet dental services in the greater Dallas area as part of
our wellness care services to help your pet stay as healthy as possible
and avoid diseases caused by oral infections. To schedule an appointment
with one of our veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal
Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital