If you have recently adopted a dog or cat, you probably have lots of questions about veterinary care, including your pet’s oral health. Our veterinarians in Powder Springs are happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding your new furry friend’s oral health. Our team at Dallas Highway Animal Hospital has gathered some of the questions that we have run into about dental care for pets.
How common are dental problems in dogs and cats?
Dental problems are quite common in pets. In fact, it is estimated that over 70 percent of dogs and cats over 5 years of age suffer from periodontal disease, a gum infection that can cause tooth loss. Left untreated, periodontal disease can spread to your pet’s bloodstream and cause liver, heart, or kidney damage.
What causes dental problems in my pet?
Like people, pets can accumulate harmful bacteria on their teeth which can turn into plaque. Over time, this plaque hardens into a substance called tartar. When left unchecked, tartar can collect under the gum line causing damage to the bone structure of your pet’s teeth. Plaque and tartar buildup can also cause gingivitis, an early form of periodontal disease.
What signs should I look out for?
Some telltale signs that your pet may have dental issues are:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Foul breath
- Discolored or loose teeth
- Loss of appetite or difficulty chewing hard food
- Constantly rubbing his face with his paw or on a rug
Your pup may become upset or angry if you touch his mouth or jaw due to discomfort or pain. If you notice these symptoms, contact our veterinarians in Powder Springs to schedule a checkup. Working closely with a vet will ensure your pup gets prompt and effective dental care.
How often should my pet have dental cleanings?
Pets differ in their need for oral care. Once your veterinarian has a chance to examine your pet’s oral health, we can determine your pet’s need for future dental care. Generally, we recommend annual pet care checkups and dental cleanings so we can stay on top of your pet’s oral health.
Why do you use anesthesia for cleaning my pet’s teeth?
Dental cleanings and treatments can be uncomfortable for pets, causing them undue stress. Sedating your pet keeps him quiet and still so we can do a thorough job of scaling your pet's teeth, particularly under the gum line, without your pet feeling discomfort or pain.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Powder Springs for Pet Dental Care
To schedule a consultation with one of our veterinarians or to learn more about our veterinary services, contact Dallas Highway Animal Hospital. Call our team today at (770) 419-8086 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.