Pet Dental Care
Good dental health is crucial for the overall well being of your dog or cat. While you can take steps at home to keep your pet's teeth healthy, only your veterinarian can provide a thorough pet dental examination and cleaning. At Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson AZ, our team specializes in pet dental exams and cleanings.
Pet Dental Care is Important
Dental disease is very common in dogs and cats. A dog or cat with periodontal disease can end up in pain, have difficulty eating, and in some cases, bacteria from the plaque can enter the bloodstream and damage other organs. Periodontal disease begins with a buildup of plaque on the teeth that comes from bacteria and food particles. As the plaque hardens on the teeth it turns into tartar. Tartar isn't just a problem on the teeth that you can see. Tartar buildup underneath your pet's gum line can lead to inflammation and infection as well as jeopardize the integrity of the roots of the teeth. Often dental treatments is overlooked or postponed as the visible portion of the tooth looks healthy. This can be misleading as much of the damage to your pet’s tooth occurs under the gum line.
The Signs of Periodontal Disease
Some veterinarians estimate that 80 percent of dogs already have some form of dental disease by age three. Some signs to look out for in your dog include the following:
- loose teeth
- broken teeth
- bad breath
- pain or bleeding in the mouth
- unable to eat or drink
- excessive drool
How to Prevent Dental Disease
Good dental care begins at home. If your dog will allow you to brush his or her teeth, do it daily. Dog dental treats are also a good idea and there are other options such as certain dog toys that are designed to clean teeth. It is important to note that home care needs to be supplemented by dental care from a veterinarian. One of our veterinary doctors will sedate your pet for safety, perform a complete dental examination, clean plaque and tartar from the teeth and take dental x-rays to ensure proper dental health below the gumline.
Cats Need Dental Care Too
Cats need proper dental care just as much as dogs do because they are also at risk for plaque and tartar buildup. The signs of dental problems in cats are nearly identical to dogs. Bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, excessive drooling and refusal to eat can all be signs of dental disease in cats. A veterinarian in our practice will also put your cat under anesthesia to ensure his or her safety during a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning.
Schedule an Appointment For Your Pet
Just like humans, pets need proper dental care and treatment as a part of their overall health and wellness. Call or Text Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson at (520) 544-7700 to schedule a comprehensive dental exam for your dog or cat.