February and National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month is here! What a great time to “brush up” on your pet’s dental health. After all, dental health is a super important part of your pet’s overall health. Dental problems can cause, or even be caused by, other health issues.
Have you ever gotten a sniff of your dog or cat’s breath and wrinkled up your nose? Have you looked in your pet’s mouth lately and said “eww, gross” or are you afraid to look? Well, our pet’s breath may not be the most attractive anyway, but if it’s especially bad—there may be an issue. Bad breath, excessive drooling, and discolored teeth could all signify that your pet is in need of dental care. We are here to help!
Keeping Oral Diseases Away
Ideally we want to look at your pet’s mouth & gums at least once a year to check for early signs of any problems and recommend ways to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Our pets can suffer from a number of dental problems such as broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, gingivitis, gum disease, abscesses or infected teeth, cysts or tumors in the mouth, among others. By far, periodontal disease is the most common issue our cats and dogs face. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association without proper oral care nearly every dog and cat over the age of three will show early signs of the disease. That is scary! The good news is that oral diseases are almost entirely preventable and many are treatable when addressed quickly.
How Does This Happen?
So bacteria that normally hangs out in your pet’s mouth and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on your pet’s teeth. This plaque can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums, tooth loss and eventually oral disease. One solution? Regular teeth cleanings, of course. Let us help you design a home dental care routine that works for you! From brushing with pet toothpastes, to using specially designed dental diets and chews, to oral sprays & gels there are so many options for you and your pet in between cleanings with us, your pet’s dentist.
Getting Clean-What We Do!
So what happens if we recommend a dental cleaning here at Zionsville Animal Hospital? Dental prophylaxis is a bit more involved in pets than in people. Since they won’t voluntarily open wide, general anesthesia is usually required to allow a complete dental exam and thorough cleaning. Without full sedation it is impossible to truly address all problem areas, especially the areas under the gumline. Additionally, sedation & anesthesia allows us to lessen your pet’s stress & discomfort during the procedure. Although anesthesia will always have risks, it’s safer now than ever and continues to improve so that the risks are very low and are far outweighed by the benefits. Additionally, we place an IV catheter in case emergency medications or IV fluids need to be administered during your pet’s dental procedure. Digital dental radiographs are part of our dental package too! Just like at our dentist office, these radiographs are used to evaluate the roots and underlying bone health of your pet's teeth. We will just need your pet for the day on the scheduled day of their cleaning.
Dental Month Specials All Year Round!
As part of our commitment to help your pet we are pleased to offer fabulous specials to you, our clients, and your pets all year round. Give us a call today to get more info on our year round dental specials & to get your pet on the road to great oral health at 317-873-1833. We can get you more info, book a dental examination or dental cleaning. Who doesn’t want to keep their pet’s mouth & teeth their healthiest & their kisses smelling great?