How often do you think about your pet’s teeth? Do you notice their condition or make the time to brush them? Unfortunately, while owning an animal comes with many responsibilities, our pet’s dental health is something that many of us are guilty of forgetting. Nonetheless, our pets still depend on their teeth just as much as we do. Not only are they her most important tools for eating, but your pet will also need her teeth to help her hold on to objects, play games and even to defend herself should she ever find herself in a situation where she feels threatened. Our pets are very clever, but they aren’t able to look after their teeth themselves. This means it is down to you as her owner to do what you can to keep her teeth and oral health in the best possible condition.
Failing to provide adequate care for your pet’s teeth could leave him suffering from unnecessary dental pain, and experiencing nasty symptoms such as severe bad breath, a foul taste in his mouth and bleeding gums. These are signs of dental disease, a prevalent and progressive dental condition that affects 1 in 3 dogs before their 3rd birthday. If your pet’s dental disease is allowed to progress, she could lose a tooth and go on to develop more significant general health problems. Pets with the dental disease have been shown to have an increased risk of developing medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, liver and kidney problems and some types of cancer.
Fortunately, there are a variety of things that you can do at home to support your pet’s teeth including regular brushing and offering dental treats. You should also make time to visit an experienced and skilled veterinary team for regular dental check-ups and professional cleans. Here at Manson Veterinary Clinic in IA, we are delighted to be offering comprehensive pet dental services performed in the comfort of our premises.
Your pet will benefit from annual dental wellness checks. These are not dissimilar to your own dental check-ups and will be used to assess the health and condition of your teeth. This will enable our expert team to identify any potential dental problems in the earliest stages so that they can be treated before they cause your pet to experience unpleasant symptoms. This can also help to ensure to keep dental disease and the associated health complications at bay. If your pet is suffering from dental problems, then we may recommend that you increase the frequency of these visits.
Common issues that can be identified at a pet dental wellness check can include:
- Dental decay
- Dental disease
- Hyperplasia (overgrowth of the gum tissue)
- Feline resorptive lesions
- Broken teeth
- Loose teeth
- Infections or abscesses
- Dental impaction
- Oral growths/tumors
If treatment to address a problem is needed, this will be discussed with you so that you can be informed of the care required to restore your pet’s dental health.
We will definitely encourage you to brush your pet’s teeth at home as this is hugely beneficial for her dental health. However, regular professional cleans are recommended. These are carried out while your pet is under a general anesthetic so that she isn’t scared or traumatized by the procedure. It also ensures that she remains completely still which is crucial for her safety as well as ours. If your pet were to make a sudden movement, it could cause an accident such as a scratch on the inside of your pet’s mouth with one of the sharp instruments used to clean her teeth.
Another benefit of general anesthetic is that it enables the level of cleaning performed to be far superior to brushing at home. Our aim is to remove all plaque and calculus from her teeth, which will be instrumental in preventing future dental problems.
Ensuring that your pet receives the dental care that she deserves doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds. Contact our experienced veterinary team at our Manson, IA clinic today to schedule a dental appointment for your furry friend.