As your local veterinarians in Morehead City, we understand that dog owners may have many questions about pet dental cleaning. So many pet owners come to us asking us why is it necessary and wondering if it is safe. The vets at Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital are here to explain why dog dental cleaning is so important and to answer any of your questions and concerns.
Prevents tooth loss: When a dogs' mouth begins to gather bacteria, over time, the teeth will start to fall out. As your dog gets older and more teeth fall out, they may find it challenging to eat.
Prevents bad breath: If your dogs' breath is painful to be around, it is most likely time for a cleaning. A dentist can remove bacteria from the mouth in places you cannot reach on your own, which will help prevent the bad breath.
Prevent organ damage: What most pet owners do not know is that failure to keep a dogs' mouth clean can lead to organ damage, which can be life-threatening. Bacteria in the mouth can spread to the bloodstream and infect the heart, liver, and kidneys.
To effectively clean under the gums, the vet must use anesthesia. If the vet is unable to scale under the gum line, the procedure will not be as effective and will only be cosmetic.
When you put a dog under, there is always a risk of complications, but it is very rare. The vet will conduct blood work before the procedure that will determine if any underlying issues could cause complications. Failure to care for the dogs' teeth could lead to more severe consequences down the road, which can put your dog at risk and end up costing much more money. As with all health care matters, preventive care is always the best course of action.
If you would like to schedule a dog teeth cleaning with one of our veterinarians, reach out to us at (252) 247-5595. The vets at Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital in Morehead City will be happy to make sure your dog keeps smiling for years to come.