Why Dental Health is Important to Pets
Why Dental Health is Important to Your Pets - February is Pet Dental Health Month - Save 15%!
Is your pet experiencing bad breath or excessive drooling?
Have you noticed him/her pawing at the mouth?
Does your pet seem hesitant to eat or does chewing seems painful?
Besides BAD BREATH, dental disease:
- Releases bacteria in the blood stream
- Increases risk for heart, liver and kidney disease
- Can cause severe pain and problems for your pet
Pets need regular dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life. Regular dental cleanings:
- Allow us to chart periodontal disease over time
- Means less time under anesthesia
- Reduce need for more advanced and expensive treatment in future
- Can add up to 2-4 years to your pet's life
Dental disease is THE most common disease in dogs. Recent studies show that 85% of cats and 92% of dogs over age 3 have periodontal disease. Don’t let your pet be a statistic. Schedule their dental cleaning appointment today!
What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning?
A thorough professional pet dental cleaning can only be accomplished while under general anesthesia. The anesthesia we use is safe for animals and your pet is monitored constantly while under anesthesia.
Prior to anesthesia, blood tests are performed to help uncover any hidden illnesses.
A professional cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis) removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. Your pet's entire mouth health (teeth, tongue, gums and lips) will be examined and assessed.
Valleydale Animal Clinic offers dental digital radiographs (x-rays) which allows us to see under your pet’s gum line. With majority of pet’s teeth and dental disease under the gums, using dental x-rays allows us to see the depth of the infection and impactions. If an extraction (tooth pulling) is needed, we can do so safely with minimal discomfort to your pet during oral surgery. Our veterinarians will administer pain medications and antibiotics if necessary and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the incisions have healed.
Thank you for allowing us to care for your pets! Please give us a call if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance whatsoever.
What Can I Do to Take Care of My Pet’s Dental Health At Home?
While dry kibble is better at cleaning the teeth than the alternative canned foods, it is not the best way to prevent tartar build up. In addition, animals don’t chew as thoroughly as humans – their instinct is to eat quickly, not to savor each bite.
Chewing on bones or hides can also help to clean the teeth - we have numerous options and sizes available. Regular brushing at home is the best way to consistently clean teeth.
Pet toothbrushes, pastes, dental chews and dental treats and other pet dental products can be purchased at our clinic or can easily be ordered through Valleydale Animal Clinics’s online store.
SAVE 15% ON DENTAL CLEANINGS IN FEBRUARY!