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Dental disease is the most common disease seen by veterinarians: 70–85% of pets over the age of 2 have some form of dental disease.
Dental disease is an often-overlooked threat to the comfort and health of your pet. Because dental disease often has few readily apparent signs, bringing your pet in for a wellness examination is the only way to ensure detection. Following this exam, your veterinarian may recommend a particular dental cleaning schedule, oral care routine, or special treatment based on your pet’s dental health needs.
How do I know if my pet has dental disease?
Dental disease is the most common disease seen by veterinarians: 70-85% of pets over the age of 2 have some form of dental disease. Here are some signs that your pet may have dental disease:
Yellow, brown, or discolored teeth
Red, inflamed gums
Swollen mouth, jaws, or gums
Doesn’t play with chew toys as often
Pain when eating
It is important to have your pet checked for dental disease, as this disease can and will have major impacts on your pet’s organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. Pets that have chronic dental disease, live 30% less than pets with good dental hygiene. This shortened life span is usually due to heart failure, liver failure, or kidney failure.
What about the risks of anesthesia?
Though very small, anesthesia is a very real risk for dogs and cats, just as it is for humans. At Premier Vet Care Animal Clinic, we take care to further reduce the risks of anesthesia by following a proactive protocol to assess our patients and monitor their care throughout the dental procedure, including pre-anesthetic testing, inhalant gas, electronic monitoring, and intravenous fluids.
We perform pre-surgical bloodwork for each of our patients prior to placing them under anesthesia. Our dental team monitors each patient throughout the dental procedure to ensure the patient is responding appropriately to the anesthesia. We use very safe anesthetics and monitor your pet for any adverse reactions as they recover.
Please remember, the adverse effects of bad teeth on the overall health of the pet greatly outweigh the anesthetic risk.
Does my pet have to stay overnight after the dental procedure?
Generally, routine dentals are an outpatient procedure. Patients check-in between 8 am and 8:30 am. The procedure is performed in the late morning to early afternoon. Patients are ready to return home after 4pm the same day.
How long can my pet go between dental cleanings?
Some dogs (usually small breeds) can require a dental up to every 6 months. Some dogs can go 3 to 4 years between dental cleanings. Typically, after the age of 2 or 3, most dogs and cats will need a dental every 1 to 2 years. Assessment by Dr. Josh will allow you to discuss your pet’s dental health and if excessive plaque or periodontal disease requires a cleaning.
Remember, good oral hygiene at home increases the time between professional cleanings.
How will dental care benefit my pet?
-Reduced plaque and tartar
-Decreased oral infections
-Helps prevent bad breath
-Helps prevent heart, liver, and kidney disease caused by dental disease
How do I schedule a dental appointment?
Please call 972-463-VETS and one of our team members will assist you in scheduling a dental appointment for your pet.
This is how to brush your pet's teeth at home.
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