Dogs and cats need teeth cleaning on a regular basis, just like you do. Of course, pets can’s brush their own teeth, so it’s up to you and veterinary professionals to maintain their oral health for them. At Hazel Dell Animal Hospital, we offer cat and dog teeth cleaning here in Carmel to make and keep your pet’s mouth health and lower the risk of gum disease. This is why it’s so important for you to bring your pet in at least once a year for a wellness exam so we can determine if a teeth cleaning is necessary.
Dental hygiene is an important part of of your pet’s health and can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to larger systemic issues in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging the kidney, heart and liver. It is estimated that more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three have dental disease.
As an AAHA-accredited practice, we abide by the highest standards when it comes to cat and dog teeth cleaning. This includes our anesthesia protocols as well as our use of anesthesia for all dental procedures. With that in mind, you can be confident that your pet will be in good hands while in our care.
About Your Cat or Dog’s Teeth Cleaning
After you schedule your cat or dog’s teeth cleaning, you’ll drop them off in the morning for their procedure. The amount of time needed for the procedure varies for each pet, which is why we always arrange for pet pickup later in the afternoon. The teeth cleaning itself consists of ultrasonic scaling of the teeth to remove tartar. We’ll also examine the teeth above and below the gum line to determine if there are any signs of gum disease. After the teeth have been treated, we’ll polish with a paste to smooth out the surface, and apply a fluoride treatment.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is one of the most common health problems seen in dogs and cats over the age of 3, but it can be prevented. One of the first ways is by simply knowing the signs to look for. Below are some of the most common ones:
- Excessive bad breath
- Swollen or red gums
- Loose teeth
- Excessive tartar buildup along gum line
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