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Pet Dentistry - The Facts

Pet Dentistry - The Facts

Pet Dental Care with your Veterinarian Serving Vail and Eagle

Are you noticing that Sammy, your dog , has had some bad breath lately? Or does your cat, Riva, have some very red looking gums?

Did you know that pets need routine dental care just like you do?

We veterinarians are very passionate about dog and cat dental health because we have seen the health consequences of poor dental care. For Example, poor dental care can result in abscessing teeth, bone and sinus infections, and systemic infections spreading to all of your  pet’s vital organs. All of these health concerns can be PREVENTED  with annual dental care.

What does  that involve? Schedule your pet for an examination with your veterinarian of choice.

At that time, ask that your veterinarian look at the teeth and gums for signs of decay, infection, fractures, as well as oral cancers. Should the veterinarian think it is then necessary, schedule a routine dental prophylaxis and polishing.

During this scheduled visit, ask to have dental radiographs taken, just as you do at your routine visits!~ With the onset of digital technology in human and veterinary medicine, quick, easy, and accurate radiographs can be taken which now show oral pathology, long before you can see any evidence of problems visually when opening your pets mouths.

So you ask? Do you have to have to “knock out” my pet do perform a quality dentisty?

The answer is yes , but, we can vary the level of sedation based on the health, age, and mentation of the pet.  To properly probe, examine, clean, and xray the teeth, the pet will need some level of sedation, and during the cleaning process, many bacteria combined with water are floating around the mouth, and with sedation we can provide proper intubation of the pet so the particles do not go into the airways and cause life threatening disease.

What if my pet does have a bad tooth?

The answer is that we have many remedies, including enamel repair, root canals, extractions for the teeth we cannot save, and long acting antibiotic treatments for the gums.

Still have questions? Please call your veterinarian today to schedule your pets dental exam and get on the road to preventative dental care to help your pet live a  longer and happier life!

We look forward to seeing you!