Why do dogs and cats need dental care?
Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in dogs and cats, and proper care is crucial in maintaining your pet's overall health. Even minor issues, such as tartar buildup, can lead to serious heart, lung, liver and kidney problems if they're left untreated. At Countryside, we include an oral exam with every pet's annual wellness check. If our veterinarian discovers signs of dental disease including swollen guns (or gingivitis), dental tartar, plaque or tooth decay, a dental cleaning for your pet will most likely be recommended. Including an oral exam in your pet's annual wellness check is effective not only in prevention, but in positively impacting overall health.
Symptoms of Dental Disease May Include:
- Bad Breath
- Broken or loose teeth
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
- Discharge from the nose
- Redness or open sores on the face
The new trend: anesthesia free dentistry
Initially, an anesthesia free dental may sound less complicated and better for your pet and wallet, but have you done any investigating? Here is why we choose to only do dentals under anesthesia:
Anesthesia free dentals require your pet to be restrained while their teeth are cleaned. Just consider, even the slightest head movement could result in an injury to your pet's oral tissues. Also, imagine the stress your pet will be under as they are held down for a teeth cleaning.
Your pet's teeth may look clean after an anesthesia free dental, but they are still just as at risk for peridontal disease. The most critical part of a pet's dental is cleaning and scaling below the gum line.
Prior to your pet receiving anesthesia, a thorough examination and bloodwork will be completed to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo the procedure. In order to provide our patients with the highest level of care, dental radiographs are also performed with every dental patient. Our guidelines for dental procedures align with the standards of the American Veterinary Medical Association.