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Dogs and cats experience the same dental problems as people, including plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gingivitis and dental disease.
Besides just BAD BREATH, dental disease:
Pets need regular dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life. Regular dental cleanings:
Dental disease is THE most common disease in dogs. Over 85% of cats and 92% of dogs over age 3 have periodontal disease. Don’t let your pet be a statistic!
What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning?
Pets cannot eat after midnight the day of their surgery.
During a dental cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis), plaque and tartar are removed from a pet’s teeth and the health of the entire mouth (tongue, gums, lips, and teeth) is assessed.
A thorough dental cleaning can be accomplished only while the pet is under general anesthesia. The anesthesia we use is safe for animals and your pet is monitored constantly while under anesthesia. Prior to anesthesia, blood tests are performed to help uncover any hidden illnesses.
If an extraction (tooth pulling) is needed, we can do so safely with minimal discomfort to your pet during oral surgery. Our veterinarians will administer pain medications and antibiotics if necessary and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the incisions have healed.
How Can I Take Care of My Pet’s Dental Health at Home?
Dry kibble is better at cleaning the teeth than the alternative canned foods, it is not the best way to prevent tartar build up. In addition, animals don’t chew as thoroughly as humans – their instinct is to eat quickly, not to savor each bite.
Chewing on bones or hides can help to clean the teeth, but is still not as thorough as regular brushing. Regular brushing at home is the best way to consistently clean teeth. Pet toothbrushes, pastes, and other dental products can be purchased at Southside Animal Hospital or can easily be ordered through Southside Animal Hospital's online store.
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