August is Dental Health Month !!!
Pet Dental Care
AUGUST IS DENTAL PET HEALTH MONTH!!!!!!
$50.00 off all Dental Procedures this August 2017
Dental disease is very often overlooked by pet owners so it is one of the most common diseases seen by veterinarians with pets two years old or over.
Dogs start out with 28 deciduous (baby) teeth while cats start out with 26. By six months of age, these teeth fall out and are then replaced with their permanent teeth. Dogs generally have 42 permanent teeth and cats will have 30.
If the baby teeth do not fall out and the permanent teeth come in under them, it can cause problems for your pet such as increased tartar formation, misalignment problems, and gum irritation. These retained teeth are usually removed without problems by the veterinarian.
Reasons Why Dental Care in Pets is Important
Poor dental health can have a major effect on your pet, including the heart, liver, kidneys, intestinal tract and their joints.
Dental care can reduce gum irritations and tartar build up
Can prevent tooth loss
Can prevent periodontal disease (infection of the gums)
Can prevent periodontitis (infection of the bone/tissue that supports the teeth
Signs of Dental Disease in Your Pet
Swollen mouth, jaws or gums
Yellow, brown or discolored teeth
Red, inflamed gums
Pets don't play with chew toys as much
Difficulty, pain when eating which reduces the pet's appetite
Drooling, with or without foul smelling saliva
Teeth that “chatter” (especially in cats)
Tooth loss (not their baby teeth)
In cats – fail to groom themselves
What Is Involved In A Dental Cleaning
Pre-dental blood work is highly recommended. This blood work can show your veterinarian if your pet has any underlying medical problems that may need to be treated. It can also reduce any risks to your pet prior to giving them anesthesia.
Possible pre-treatment with antibiotics if the blood work indicates the need.
Pet will need to fast the night before – no food but may have water.
Pet will be placed under anesthesia. Your pet will be monitored closely for any adverse reactions under and after the procedure.
During the dental procedure, tartar will be removed, the teeth will be checked for cavities, loose/fractured/diseased teeth will be removed and the teeth will be polished which helps prevent future tartar formation.
are generally done as an outpatient procedure. Your pet can be dropped off between 8 am and 8:30 am and is usually ready to go home in the afternoon of the same day. dentals
How Often Should Dental Cleanings Be Done
When dental cleanings are done is dependent on the animal. Some, usually small breed dogs, may require a dental every six months while others can go three to four years without a dental. Routine examinations by your veterinarian are suggested to determine the dental need of your pet.
Regular brushing/good oral hygiene of your pet's teeth can help to prolong the time between professional cleanings.