health is an important part of your pet’s veterinary care. Pets
that aren’t receiving regular dental care are more susceptible to
dental problems and gum disease. At All Friends Veterinary Hospital
in East Islip, we encourage pet owners to schedule a dental exam and
cleaning for their feline or canine companion on an annual basis. The
following pet dental FAQs give you greater insight into the
importance of pet dental care.
Are Dental Problems Common in Dogs and Cats?
It’s estimated that over 70% of canines and felines over the age of 5 years are at risk of losing teeth due to periodontal disease. Left unchecked, bacteria from periodontal disease can enter your pet’s blood stream, risking damage to his kidneys, liver, and heart. Pets can also suffer from tooth decay, broken teeth, bloody gums, abscesses, and other dental problems that can weaken their overall health.
What Signs Should I Look for to Indicate My Pet Has Dental Problems?
If your pet suffers from bad breath, discolored teeth, swollen or bleeding gums, excessive drooling or loose teeth, he’s in need of dental care. Some pets refuse to eat crunchy food or snacks due to pain. Others constantly rub their face to indicate something’s wrong with their mouth or have a hard time swallowing when they eat.
How Often Should I Have My Pet’s Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
Healthy pets should see their East Islip veterinarian annually for a pet dental exam and cleaning. If your pet has had dental problems in the past, it wouldn’t hurt to have him checked every 6 months as a precautionary measure against having a relapse. Senior pets can also benefit from a dental exam every 6 months as they’re more susceptible to dental disease.
Is Anesthesia Really Necessary for Cleaning My Pet’s Teeth?
By using anesthesia, your East Islip veterinarian can thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth and gums, especially under the gum line where tartar tends to build up, without causing your pet pain or discomfort. Having your pet sedated also makes it easier for your vet to obtain comprehensive x-rays of your pet’s teeth to uncover any hidden problems. We’ll monitor your pet’s vital signs the entire time he is under sedation to ensure he’s all right.
See Your East Islip Vet for Pet Dental Care
Regular pet dental care can protect your pet from painful dental problems that can impair his overall health. It can also save you money by having dental issues taken care of in their early stages, before they escalate into major problems that require extensive, costly care. To schedule a pet dental exam at All Friends Veterinary Hospital for your dog or cat, call 631-651-1413 today.