Like humans, pets need proper dental care in order to protect their oral health. If pets don't get their teeth taken care of, it can lead to a series of health-related issues. At Holden Animal Clinic & Supply, Inc., we provide extensive pet dental services to ensure your pet's oral health is taken care of at any stage of life. Here's what you need to know about pet dental care and how our veterinary team can help.
Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?
Pet dental care, which includes cleaning, tooth loss prevention, and fighting gingivitis, is important for cats and dogs. Not only does it prevent tooth pain, but it also prevents a variety of other conditions, including periodontal disease, heart disease, and weight loss.
Periodontal disease occurs when too much bacteria builds up in the mouth. Plaque forms a film over your pet's teeth, which can eventually lead to tartar build up, gingivitis, and infections. As a result, your pet's teeth could become loose, break, or fall out. Dental-related issues are harder to manage when not treated early on. Our veterinarian can provide more insight into your pet's specific needs and how a dental cleaning will be beneficial.
What Is a Pet Dental Cleaning?
Dental cleanings for pets are not unlike the cleanings people experience. The key difference is that pets are typically placed under anesthesia for the procedure so that they can remain calm and still. When your pet is asleep, the vet will scrape away tartar and polish the teeth. Additional treatments may be offered if your pet requires dental extractions or treatment for gum disease. When your pet wakes up, he or she will be able to go home. You may be required to give your pet antibiotics to prevent a potential infection or other medications to alleviate pain or discomfort.
Your Role in Pet Dental Care
You can take specific steps at home to help your pet's teeth stay healthy. For example, our vet may recommend brushing your pet's teeth to prevent tartar and plaque buildup. Special pet toothpaste is available to help you manage your pet's dental hygiene. You can also bring your pet in for annual dental exams and cleanings. Veterinary care each year can prevent the need for dental extraction or other serious procedures.
Visit Our Pet Doctor for Pet Dental and Preventative Care in Holden
Holden Animal Clinic & Supply, Inc. offers the testing and care your pet needs to live a long and healthy life. If you need to schedule a dental exam for your pet or want to learn more about how our veterinarian can help, contact our Holden office today.