Pet Dental Health
Did you know that pet dental health issues and periodontal diseases is a growing epidemic? Can you imagine a world where humans went a few weeks, months or even years without a trip to the dental office or brushing the teeth? Can you imagine a life without brushing your teeth? Yuck! Over 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have dental disease and related concerns by the young age of 3. Are you one of the many pet owners that don’t realize that dental disease leads to bad breath, painful oral infections, problems eating and tooth loss? Studies have confirmed the link between systemic diseases that affect the kidney, heart and liver and oral diseases. Our staff at La Concepcion Animal Hospital in Goleta, CA, wants you to know the importance of providing high-quality pet dental services to your cat or dog.
Home Dental Health Routine
Becoming familiar with oral cavity of your pet is important in the overall health of your pet. Knowing what the healthy mouth looks like will help you notice early signs of oral diseases and examining the pet’s mouth starting at an early age will teach the cat or dog to be comfortable with their mouth being handled. Starting early will lead to a life time of good habits for the pet and the owner. Knowing your pet’s oral cavity will lead to noticing painful areas or abnormal lesions.
Brushing teeth with pet specific toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrushes and adding an oral rinse reduces bacteria and tartar build-up. Avoid fluoride and human products, the ingredients are toxic to the family pet. Pet oral chews and other treats geared for oral health is an effective, quick aid to the reduction of tartar build-up. To avoid accidental chocking or other injuries, supervise pets while they snack on oral chews.
Veterinarian Dental Visits
As part of every wellness visit, it is important for the veterinarian to perform an oral exam to assess the oral health status of the pet. Just like with humans, regular dental cleanings once a year are vital to keeping the pet pain free and healthy. Dental x-rays should be done occasionally to detect dental disease that doesn’t meet the eye. If the dental disease is advanced, anesthetic dental cleanings will be necessary. Pathology below the gum line will be revealed through full mouth x-rays, which is done under anesthesia. The dental cleanings that are non-anesthetic procedures is a great option in preventive care.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Before starting an at home dental care routine and to learn about professional dental exams, call La Concepcion Animal Hospital. We are proudly serving the Goleta and Santa Barbara CA area and have a compassionate veterinarian team that believes in provided the best care for your pets. Our veterinary clinic will always treat your furry friends like family for the novice pet owner to the seasoned pet owners. You can call us at 805-685-4513 to schedule a veterinary appointment today!