The Importance of Pet Dentistry
Did you know that pets can get gum disease, just like humans? Your dentist recommends that you come in for a dental exam and cleaning on a regular basis, and we recommend the same for your dog or cat. Neglecting your pet’s oral health can eventually lead to gum disease (which starts with tartar buildup), leaving your pet in serious pain. In its most advanced stage, it can even result in tooth loss and harm to the heart, kidneys, and liver. Sadly, more than 50% of dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by just 3 years of age. This can potentially shorten your pet’s life by as much as four years. The good news is, the risk of gum disease can be eliminated with professional pet dentistry services, available here at Arnold Veterinary Hospital.
Pet Dental Care in Arnold
During your pet’s annual wellness exam, we’ll check the mouth, teeth, and gums for signs of dental problems, but we may also recommend a dental cleaning, depending on our findings. Arnold Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive dental services, with your pet’s comfort and safety at the forefront. For your pet’s safety, we use anesthesia prior to every dental procedure we perform. In some cases, we also require pre-anesthetic blood work to make sure that pets are healthy enough to undergo treatment. All patients are monitored throughout their procedures using the most up-to-date equipment and technology.
At-Home Dental Care
Professional pet dentistry can help you maintain your companion’s oral hygiene, but at-home dental care is equally important. At your pet’s dental visit, we can show you the proper methods of brushing your pet’s teeth. We can also help you determine which dental products are most effective in preventing tartar buildup, such as chews, toys, and rinses.
Another important thing to consider when it comes to at-home dental care is “flipping the lip.” If your pet lets you, flip his lip to check his teeth and gums on a regular basis, and look for the following signs:
- Red or swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Brownish tartar buildup along the gum line
Some other signs to look for include changes in appetite, difficulty eating, and bad breath. These are some of the signs that could indicate the presence of gum disease, so if you notice any of them, call us to request a pet dental visit here in Arnold.