At Atlanta Animal Clinic, we understand that many pet owners have questions regarding dental care for their furry companions. It is an essential aspect of healthcare for any pet. Our veterinarian in Marietta has gathered a few questions that we run into regarding pet dental care.
How Common Are Dental Problems For My Pet?
Many owners do not realize how susceptible their cat or dog is to periodontal disease. After age four, more than 75 percent of cats and dogs can suffer from the devastating effects of this disease. Periodontal disease can result in bone loss, infections, and lead to complications in the major organs. Routine pet dental services, including teeth cleaning, are imperative to prevent these issues.
What Are the Signs My Pet Needs Dental Care?
It can be challenging to figure out if your pet needs immediate dental attention. Here are some of the common indicators:
- Redness along the gum line
- Foul odors from the mouth
- Decreased appetite or unwillingness to chew
- Pawing at the mouth
- Cracked, loose, broken, or discolored teeth
How Often Should My Pet Get A Teeth Cleaning?
There is no "one size fits all" approach when it comes to the frequency of cleaning your pet's teeth. Various factors that affect the frequency may include pre-existing conditions, age/breed of your pet, and the level of home care provided. Typically, most pets do well with a cleaning twice per year. Our veterinarian will provide an examination and create a dental cleaning schedule for your pet.
Why Is Anesthesia Used To Examine and Clean My Pet's Teeth?
Unlike humans, pets cannot sit still for 30-45 minutes while their teeth are examined and cleaned. There isn't another way to clean the teeth properly without sedating your pet. Many pets can also have anxieties or fears, which would make it even more difficult to clean their teeth. The most essential part of any teeth cleaning is to ensure the plaque and tartar from under the gum line are thoroughly removed.
Can I Help With Dental Care At Home?
Yes, you can brush your pet's teeth at home or wipe them clean as much as possible. Owners can utilize oral rinses for pets to wash away food particles or to freshen their breath. Finally, pets should have approved chew toys to combat the buildup of plaque.
Get Quality Pet Dental Care in Marietta, GA
Atlanta Animal Clinic is ready to provide this essential service for your pet. Do not underestimate the importance of proper dental care for humans and pets alike. Call us today at (770) 565-7472 to schedule an appointment for pet dental care with Dr. Rowell.