SIGNS YOUR PET HAS DENTAL ISSUES
We don’t usually appreciate what we have until it is gone. Unfortunately our pets are not able to brush their own teeth, or care properly for their own dental needs. Many of the same issues we can have with our mouth, your pet can also experience. The following list is what to look for to determine if your pet is having dental issues;
- Bad Breath
- Red, Swollen or bleeding gums
- Increased drooling
- The buildup of yellowish brown plaque like deposits and tartar on the teeth
- Reduction or difficulty in earing
- Symptoms of pain when chewing on food
- Lack of interest in chew toy’s where they once enjoyed the toy’s
According to a study by the American Veterinary Dental Association, more than 80 percent of dogs and cats older than 3 years have some form of periodontal disease. It’s very important to keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy, and a good way to start is by having your veterinarian perform regular dental examinations on your pet.
Once an assessment is made based on a dental exam, our veterinarian can provide a recommended a approach to dental for your pet. We provide routine cleaning and polishing as well as surgical extractions when needed to manage and treat different oral diseases. We also offer dental radiographs to help provide additional information about the health of your pet’s mouth.
Because two-thirds of dog’s and cat’s teeth lie beneath the gum line, dental imagery is important to determine the health and wellness of your pet’s mouth. These images can help find fractures, infections or even bone degradation as well as root health and cavities. Routine preventative dental care can greatly help to keep your pet health. It is important to have routine examinations to ensure your pets dental health.
PET DENTAL CARE
Most people brush their teeth regularly, however many pet’s don’t get the same consistent dental care that we do. This can lead to all types of dental issues and can even shorten the life of your pet. If you are not already regulary caring for you pets dental needs at home, it is recommended that you visit with one of our Doctors to determine the best home care program to start.
Regular dental exams are also encouraged to help determine the health of your pets teeth and gums. These exams can also give you some feedback regarding the home care routine that you are providing and can help you determine if there are any adjustments needed with it.
Keep in mind that at home dental treatments are as simple as brushing your pets teeth on a regular basis, providing dental rinses or gels, proper dental chew toys and other recommended dental care products. If you have questions about your pets dental care, don’t be shy, we are happy to help with recommendations or setting an appointment to evaluate their dental care. Remember, it is very hard to eat when you have dental issues.
St. George Veterinary Hospital is a general veterinary practice located at 775 South Main Street in St. George, Utah. Having served communities in southern Utah for over 50 years, St. George Veterinary Hospital is...
775 S Main St,
St George, UT 84770
Mon - Fri: 8AM - 5PM