Pet Dental Care:
Fundamental to Good Health
Dental health is an important aspect of your pet’s overall wellness, long life, and comfort. For that reason, Pound Ridge Veterinary Center gives every dog and cat a thorough oral examination as part of the regular health care visit. Our recommendations for your pet’s preventive dental care are based on the guidelines and protocols of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Poor Pet Dental Health: The Risks
Prevention of pet dental disease is vital to your pet’s overall health. It is important to remove plaque from the teeth in order to avoid periodontal disease. Left unchecked, periodontal disease can progress to bone infection and more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease. Mouth pain is also very uncomfortable for pets, so this is a veterinary health issue we want to avoid.
Good Pet Dental Health: The Benefits
The benefits of dental care are immediately evident in reduced oral pain, improved ability to chew food, improved breath, and a sparkling smile.
Dental Care & Cleanings
The development of plaque varies from cat to cat and dog to dog, but it is widely acknowledged that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease as early as the age of three. Some animals are more prone to dental disease and, for many cats and dogs, annual teeth cleaning are best. Continued home care, including tooth brushing and good diet choices, is essential to slow the return of tartar and help maintain good oral health in your pet.
Pet dental cleanings closely resemble what humans experience at the dentist, but the process is performed under general anesthesia for the safety of both the patient and the dentist. Those teeth are sharp, after all, as are the tools we use!
Just as the case with any surgery, we attend carefully to safety. Our veterinarians strongly suggest pre-anesthetic blood screening for pets over seven years of age.
Modern Pet Dental Capabilities & Equipment
At Pound Ridge Veterinary Center, we pride ourselves on our high standards of dental care for dogs and cats. Instrumentation is similar to a human dental office, including sophisticated dental units, high-speed drills, ultrasonic scalers, and computerized dental charting software.
If a dental cleaning, surgical extraction, or other procedures are advised, we walk you through the process and explain your pet’s treatment in detail. We value client communication and endorse informed pet ownership.