Pet Dental Care Keeps Disease & Discomfort at Bay
Dental disease is one of the most common problems cats and dogs face, and it’s a lot more detrimental than discolored teeth and bad breath. At Colonial Animal Hospital, we strongly advocate for preventive pet dental care, which involves regular professional cleanings and home dental care for pets to stave off disease.
Why Prevention is Better than Treatment
An unhealthy mouth results in pain, which affects your pet’s happiness and well-being. In time, dental disease can also affect your pet’s systemic health. In the early stages of disease, we can reverse its effects with dental prophylaxis (cleaning). For more severe cases, however, it may be necessary to extract broken or damaged teeth. We may also need to treat serious secondary health problems such as liver, heart, or kidney disease. These treatments add up to a lot of stress for your pet and cost to you. Prevention, on the other hand, is less stressful and significantly more affordable.
How We Prevent Dental Disease
Our dental services begin with a dental evaluation at each wellness visit. If we see signs of disease, we’ll recommend dental prophylaxis. Typically, we recommend regular dental cleanings annually to stay one step ahead of disease progression. Keep in mind, this procedure requires the use of general anesthesia. Rest assured that we use the same extensive safety protocols that we use for every surgery. A dental procedure includes:
*Your pet will receive appropriate pain management so they wake up with minimal discomfort.
Home Dental Care for Pets
You can make a huge difference in your pet’s dental health between their professional cleanings. Achieving this is easier than you might think, and doesn’t have to involve wrestling your pet to brush their teeth! Home dental care options include:
- Finger brushes
- Water additives
- Oral sprays
- Oral gels
- Dental chews
- Prescription dental diets