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Dental disease is a more common problem in cats and dogs than in people. This makes sense when you consider that pets (usually) don't brush their teeth every day or get regular dental cleanings from your veterinarian in San Antonio TX. However, they really should do both of these things because periodontal disease can be dangerous to their health. Family Pet Hospital of Stone Oak recommends regular dental care for all dogs and cats.
The average animal hospital in San Antonio, like those across the country, sees lots of dogs and cats that have some level of dental disease before they are three years old. This can be visible as yellow or brown stains on the teeth, or it may be invisible. Pets with dental disease may be in some discomfort, and they may show this by:
Other signs of dental disease include red or bleeding gums, loose or cracked teeth, and bad breath. An animal hospital in San Antonio can tell you if what you are seeing is likely to be related to oral problems.
The truth is that pets actually have a higher incidence of dental disease than humans. Of all pets over two years old, 85 percent have some form of dental disease.
Periodontal disease is a progressive, gradual destruction of the gums caused by bacteria. This dental disease can be life threatening because dangerous bacteria can enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc in your pet’s internal organs such as the liver, kidney and heart. The fact is that dental disease can kill.
If your pet has bad breath, periodontal disease may be the cause. Any build up of yellowish or brownish material on the teeth is calculus, tartar or plaque—all signs of periodontal disease which should be checked by one of our doctors.
During your pet’s examination, the doctor will evaluate your pet’s current dental health condition. If it is determined that a dental prophy is in order, we can schedule it at that time. Anesthesia is required for this procedure because unlike when you visit your dentist and they have you sit still and open your mouth; your pet will not do this. While your pet is under anesthesia, we will also perform a thorough oral exam, take x-rays if required, and perform any additional services, such as extractions or administer doxyrobe in an attempt to save marginally loose teeth.
Your pet may require fewer cleanings and enjoy good breath with daily brushing using toothpaste and toothbrush especially for pets. FPH also has special products that help lessen the buildup of tartar on your pet’s teeth.
By taking good care of your pet’s teeth, you can enhance your pet’s overall health so you can enjoy each other longer!
When your dog or cat has plaque or tartar buildup on their teeth, the only cure is pet teeth cleanings. Pet dental care San Antonio includes regular checkups where your veterinarian looks at your pet's teeth, but even pets whose teeth look fine may have dental disease. In dogs and cats, most of the buildup occurs below the gums.
Pet teeth cleanings are done under anesthesia because pets don't know what the veterinarian is trying to do and don't sit still. Anesthesia also prevents pain when working on sore or sensitive areas of the mouth. Your pet dentist will determine what types of treatment are necessary, but generally pet teeth cleanings include:
Pet teeth cleanings can stir up a lot of bacteria, so your pet might be given antibiotics to take. Painkillers are not always given after routine cleanings, but if your pet dentist had to do something painful like pull a tooth, they will be prescribed to manage discomfort.
Just like people, pets can benefit from having their teeth brushed. If you go slowly, most dogs will get used to it, although cats can be more resistant. Use toothpaste made for pets because human ones are not safe to swallow. Introduce the toothpaste with your finger, then use the brush for a second or two only when your pet seems relaxed. Work up to a comfortable level over a period of days or weeks.
Other treatment options for canine and feline oral health include rinses, water additives, and chews. As your vet in San Antonio, Family Pet Hospital of Stone Oak will be happy to discuss effective options during your visit. It is also important for your dog to chew on appropriate items. Your vet in San Antonio is your best resource for information about which chews are safest and most effective. Call us today at (210) 495-2722!
Dr. Woolley has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years.
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