Here at Cornerstone Animal Hospital, we are proud to offer dental services for our clients. Even though it is so common and harmful, dental disease is one of the most overlooked diseases in pets. The disease can travel through the bloodstream if left untreated. This causes many problems, including heart, liver, and kidney disease.
The worst part of dental disease is its prevalence. It is estimated that around 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats more than three-years old have some form of the disease. Even though pets are extremely well taken care of, the number of those suffering from dental disease is astonishing.
We believe the disease is so prevalent because owners don’t understand the importance of good dental health. There are many products on the market to help owners care for their pet’s teeth, if they realized how important doing so is. Owners need to brush their pet’s teeth. That is the very best way to keep dental disease from occurring. There are also dental chews, which are also quite helpful when owners decide to take the best care of their pet’s dental health.
Routine examinations by a veterinarian are very important for good dental health. Veterinarians should always look inside of a pet’s mouth to try to catch the disease early. They are also there to give owners advice on the best way to care for their pet’s teeth.
Your veterinarian may recommend a professional dental cleaning under anesthesia. We clean your pet’s teeth like your dentist cleans your teeth. Since your pet is under anesthesia, we can even get underneath the gums and in other hard-to-reach places.
It is important to continue brushing pet’s teeth and providing dental chews to keep dental disease from coming back after a professional cleaning.
Discolored teeth, bad breath, and even difficulty eating are common signs of dental disease. Some owners notice blood in their pet’s mouths, which is another sign they have advanced dental disease. You need to schedule an examination as soon as possible if you notice any of these common signs.