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Celebrating August- Pet Dental Cleaning Month

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Celebrating August- Pet Dental Cleaning Month

Get the facts! Join us in celebrating August as Dental Cleaning Month. Oral disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed health problems for dogs and cats, which can have severe consequences for our pets’ health if left untreated.

 

What are some of the most common oral diseases for dogs and cats?

Oral disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed health problems for our dogs and cats, and it can have severe consequences for our pets’ health. This is not just a matter of bad breath or stained teeth. In addition to causing receding gums, tooth loss, and often significant pain, bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, potentially affecting the heart, liver, and kidneys, which can be life-threatening. Halitosis could indicate a severe health risk threatening a pet’s teeth, gums, and internal organs. Regular annual wellness exams are recommended for your pet’s health and well-being.

Why is it important to take care of your pets’ teeth?

Oral Hygiene is so important to your pet’s overall health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene is the number 1 cause of disease in dogs. Besides pain and discomfort, they often don’t show us because their drive for survival is vital, so they eat anyway. It causes low-grade chronic systemic (in the bloodstream going all over the body) infection and inflammation, which causes many disease processes, including but not limited to heart murmurs which become heart disease and lead to congestive heart failure. Also, chronic renal disease and liver issues can cause strokes and cancer (from chronic inflammation), among other things. Get your oral hygiene visit scheduled today!

How can you help your pet maintain healthy teeth?

Schedule your annual regular pet care check-ups and keep your pet’s oral hygiene intact by consulting your favorite veterinary care clinic like Aubrey Animal Medical Center to take care of your dog’s teeth at home. Start slowly getting them used to a cloth with some doggie toothpaste on it and work your way up to being able to brush their teeth. A fair amount of dogs will never let you brush their teeth, so good quality dental treats or chewable toys that can help clean their teeth are a big help. Be careful because some toys or treats can be too complex and cause fractured teeth. In addition, you should brush your pet’s teeth at home as often as possible using an appropriate soft cloth. Getting an overall dental check-up is just as crucial for your pet as it is for you! Oral hygiene is essential for your pet’s health! Make sure to brush their teeth regularly and get them in every year for regular check-ups, including routine oral care for your pets that are 0-8 years old. Once your pet is eight years and older, they require twice per year wellness visits.

What does a dental cleaning involve?

It is much more than a cleaning done at the same time as your regular annual wellness care visit… it involves dental X-rays because 70% of dental disease is below the gum line and not visible to the naked eye. And because pets are not tolerant of accurate dental X-rays and removal/scaling of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar, they also must be under anesthesia for the procedure. Bloodwork is done beforehand to ensure they are in good health for the anesthetic procedure. Here at Aubrey Animal Medical Center, we pride ourselves on using very safe anesthetic protocols and excellent pain control, including but not limited to dental blocks should any teeth need to be removed. We also have trained technicians/nurses monitoring your pets’ anesthesia. All pets under anesthesia have an EKG, and their blood pressure, oxygen levels, and body temperature are monitored at all times. They also receive IV fluids during the procedure, which is very important to maintain blood pressure and make the anesthetic procedure safer for your beloved pet. Medication can also be applied in pockets around the teeth if your pet is found to need it during the process.

When should my pet have its first dental cleaning appointment with
Aubrey Animal Medical Center?

We do a complete exam annually from head to tooth and down to those furry paws. Oral disease is one of the most prevalent health problems for our furry family members, so be sure to focus on scheduling your pet’s regular exam appointments right here at Aubrey Animal Medical Center and follow the recommendations from the exam by your veterinarian to determine when your pet’s teeth need to be cleaned. If your pet has Halitosis or you can see dental tartar on his teeth, call us today to schedule their exam so we can get them on the schedule for their dental procedure during our August Dental Special.

This blog post has given you some great information on oral disease, which is one of our pets’ most common health problems. If left untreated, it can seriously affect your pet’s health. We hope this knowledge will help you take better care of your furry friends and prevent any future oral diseases from occurring!

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