Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?
Pets use their teeth for more than just eating. Unlike people, pets regularly rely on their teeth as a set of hands to pick items up. Further, their teeth are an important tool that allows your pets to vocalize. Several diseases first appear within the mouth of your pet. Dangerous heart or kidney disease will first show their symptoms in your pet's mouth, so careful monitoring can help prevent dangerous disease early. Regular dental care can help keep your pets healthy and happy for life.
What Can Pet Dental Care Help with?
Pet owners seek out dental care for their pets for a number of issues. These issues include a tooth infection, tooth pain, bad breath, or just a general need for teeth cleaning. Regular dental care can help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy. Bad breath in dogs is often caused by a larger underlying problem such as a diseased or decaying tooth. If tooth pain and disease is not quickly corrected it can easily spread to otherwise healthy teeth in the mouth. Regular teeth cleanings can help eliminate periodontal diseases in an animal's gums. Advanced gingivitis can cause open wounds in the mouth which are a perfect site for dangerous bacteria to enter the body. Cleaning your pet's teeth can also help remove plaque and tarter buildup which lead to tooth infection and disease.
What Should I Expect at the Veterinarian?
For the protection of your dogs and the veterinarian, your pets will have to put under light anesthesia for dental procedures. This will allow the veterinarian to get in and around your pets' mouths to fully clean and care for their teeth. The vet will work to clean the gums and mouths of your pets, checking the integrity of their teeth. If necessary, your vet will remove any of your pets' damaged or decayed teeth. Following the procedure, your vet will provide aftercare instructions which may include antibiotics or pain management medication. Your vet may also make suggestions for certain additives or cleaning devices to keep your pets' teeth clean in between professional cleanings. For dogs, various textured chews are available to help remove tarter and plaque build-up.
At Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital, we believe pet dental care is the best way to help guarantee the overall health and wellbeing of your cat or dog. Proudly serving the residents of Newport, we are happy to help treat your pet's dental issues. Our Morehead City location is easily accessible to Newport, and is always accepting new patients. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment, call our office today at (252) 247-5595