Did you know that by the time they reach 3 years old, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats would already have some kind of periodontal disease? This is a painful condition that causes inflammation in the gums and tissues around your pet’s teeth. If left untreated, it can cause tooth loss, bad breath, infections and other complications. Bad breath or “doggy breath” is one of the earliest signs of this condition. Fortunately, with regular at-home and in-office cleanings, your pet can maintain healthy dental health. To learn more about your pet’s dental care, please call us at 780-475-9225.
Do pets need professional teeth cleaning?
Absolutely. Just like us, pets need to undergo professional cleanings by a certified medical team that can perform complete cleanings, check-ups, X-rays and surgical extractions if needed.
Do pets need to be sedated during teeth cleanings?
Yes. Please beware of “cosmetic cleanings” that offer anesthesia-free services. These types of cleanings are dangerous, as they only clean the surface-level of your pet’s teeth. By ignoring the area below the gums, plaque, tartar and inflammation goes unnoticed. General anesthesia is required for your pet’s comfort, and so the veterinarian can properly analyze and treat the entire mouth area.
How often should I brush my pet’s teeth?
Your pet’s teeth should really be brushed daily. We know it may sound like an impossible task but with the right skills and tools (which we can provide you with), you can have a dental routine mastered in no time!
Why is oral and dental health important in pets?
Healthy teeth, gums and mouth means your pet will be happy, comfortable and pain-free. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to other complications (e.g. infections) that can negatively affect your pet’s quality of life in the long term.