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Why Dental Health is Important to Your Pets

Nashville pet owners - 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:

  • Releases bacteria in the blood stream

  • Increases the pet's risk for heart, liver and kidney disease

  • Can cause severe pain and problems for your pet

Pets need annual dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life and:

  • Allow us to evaluate periodontal disease over time

  • Reduce need for teeth extractions and more advanced and expensive treatment 

  • Can add up to 2-4 years to your pet’s life!

Dental disease is THE most common disease in dogs with over 85% of cats and 90% of dogs over age 3 have dental disease. Keep your pet from being a statistic – schedule their dental cleaning appointment today online or call 615-333-3655!

What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning?

Do not let your pet eat after midnight on the day of their surgery.

During a dental cleaning (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 professional pet dental cleaning can be accomplished only while under general anesthesia. The anesthesia we use is safe for animals and your pet is monitored constantly while under anesthesia. Prior to anesthesia, we perform blood tests to help uncover any hidden illnesses or complications.

If an extraction (tooth pulling) is needed, our veterinarians can do so safely with minimal discomfort to your pet during oral surgery. We will administer pain medications and antibiotics if necessary and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the incisions have healed.

What Can I do To 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.

Schedule their dental cleaning appointment today online or call 615-333-3655!


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