Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.
In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet’s health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, water additives, and regular inspection.
The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through regular professional cleanings. Anesthesia is required to thoroughly clean the teeth above and below the gum line. During the dental cleaning, full dental x-rays are taken and problem teeth are noted and addressed. Because pets require anesthesia to clean their teeth properly, all of the oral surgery required to remove decaying and broken teeth or oral masses will be done while the pet is anesthetized after communication with the owner. Most dentals require 30-90 minutes to properly address periodontal disease and this is why we provide IV fluid therapy for all of our patients to support them under anesthesia and help them recover faster to return home.