Excellent Pet Dental Health Is Something to Smile About
The health of your pet’s teeth is directly related to overall physical health, from the heart to the kidneys to the liver. Yet, pet dental health is relegated to back burner so many times. At Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital, we are committed to your pet’s dental care, and believe it is a cornerstone of good health and longevity.
In order to help support your pet’s oral hygiene and health, we are here to explain how great your pet will feel when you take care of that beautiful (goofy) smile.
Periodontal Disease in Pets
Dental disease is one of the most prevalent health issues among cats and dogs, even at a young age. The tale-tell sign of a problem is bad breath. Many pet owners will chalk up halitosis as “that’s just how pet’s breath smells”, but what they are ignoring can become a more serious problem affecting a pet’s entire body.
Periodontal disease begins when plaque and tartar build up on a pet’s teeth, forming a breeding ground for bacteria. This infection can spread to the other organs of the body and is linked to heart disease, kidney disease and liver conditions. The severity of untreated cavities and infection can also lead to tooth and bone loss, and severe pain for your pet.
Signs of periodontal disease include:
- Red gums
- Loose or missing teeth
- Trouble picking up food
- Bloody saliva
- Blood in water bowl
- Bad breath
Unfortunately, by the time symptoms are noticed, more serious things are occurring under your pet’s gumline. Most pets will need consistent dental examinations and possible cleanings by the time the are 3 years of age. If you are a proactive pet owner, starting your puppy or kitten on a daily or frequent tooth brushing routine and coming in annually for a complete wellness examination.
Veterinary Dental Exams and Cleanings
At your regular annual check-up, your pet will be examined for signs of plaque, tartar, gingivitis, and possible infection. Since periodontal disease and infection lurk below what we can see by the naked eye, x-rays will likely be ordered. From there a cleaning will be recommended, if needed.
Professional dental cleanings are the only way to rid your pet of dangerous plaque and tartar buildup. Dental cleanings at Conrad Weiser are safe and effective. We will explain each step of the process so your furry friend gets the highest quality veterinary dentistry to keep them healthy and happy.
- IV catheter and fluids
- General anesthesia and a professionally trained anesthetic monitoring technician
- Dental radiographs
- Subgingival teeth cleaning and polishing
- Complete dental examination and consult
Through this, we can combat dental disease and all of the problems that come along with it.
At Home Care for Big, Bright Smiles
We know you want what is best for your pet, and that includes great oral health. You can give your pet the single best way to keep plaque and tartar away by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly. It may seem like an impossible feat, but it’s actually simply with some practice.
Here is a quick how-to:
- Get your pet’s toothbrush, toothpaste, and a treat (for a reward later).
- Find a good, well lit place for the job.
- Begin by brushing the front upper teeth, gently folding back the lip.
- Move from the front to the back.
- Start brushing the lower front teeth, then move to the back.
- Use a side to side, up and down, then circular motion while brushing.
- If your pet is tolerating it well, try focusing on the insides of the teeth.
- Give your pet a reward and verbal praise.
Pet dental care is a year-round theme at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital because it is one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy. If you have any questions about pet dental health, or would like to schedule an appointment, call us.
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