Dental Care at PetVets Animal Hospital
Studies have shown that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats experience dental issues by the time they’re three years of age. Dental issues are progressive, and they require ongoing veterinary care to keep in check. Sometimes, progressive periodontal disease can impact the tissues supporting a pet’s teeth—causing plaque buildup, early tooth loss or even illness. The team at PetVets Animal Hospital want to spread the word on how important pet dental care is and provide pet dental treatment to prevent any diseases.
The Importance of Pet Dental Exams
Dental exams are important for your pet’s health. During a pet dental exam at PetVets Animal Hospital, we focus primarily on the animal’s tooth plaque and tartar. By eliminating plaque and tartar from beneath the gum, a dentist can reduce the likelihood of disease.
By screening the mouth, our veterinarians can check for periodontal disease, infected teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors, misaligned teeth and palate defects. Within a single pet dental exam, we can detect minor problems before they become severe. Similarly in humans, bacteria can accumulate within the mouth and produce toxins that can cause severe and possibly fatal health issues most commonly affecting the liver, heart, lungs, and kidneys.
What to Expect
After a dental exam at PetVets Animal Hospital, the veterinarian will give you options on how to care for your pets teeth. In some cases, suggested treatment can be at-home such as brushing your pets teeth, dental chews, or the addition of a tasteless water additive to help prevent plaque and tartar from forming on your pets teeth.
If more extensive treatment is needed, the veterinarian may recommend your pet receive a thorough dental cleaning under anesthesia to be done at PetVets Animal Hospital. Just like a human dental care, we scale and polish your pets teeth using the most state-of-the-art equipment available. Sometimes dental radiographs are needed to accurately diagnose and assist in treating your pets unique dental issues.