Pearly Whites and Fresh Breath For Your Pets!
Dental disease is the most common disease we see in pets. Just like us, our pets require routine dental care to maintain oral health. Regular professional veterinary dental care is very important to prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss and other health issues such as heart, liver and kidney disease. Here is some information that you should be aware of:
STAGE /GRADE 1- MILD GINGIVITIS: The gums are inflamed and swollen, and plaque covers your pets teeth. Home dental care is needed. If there is no improvement, dental cleaning is needed to remove current plaque buildup. This disease stage is reversible.
STAGE/GRADE 2- MODERATE GINGIVITIS: The entire gum is inflamed and swollen. Mouth is painful and odor is noticeable. Dental cleaning to remove calculus is needed within the next month. Home dental care and regular dental cleanings are needed afterward for prevention. This disease stage is reversible.
STAGE/GRADE 3 – SEVERE GINGIVITIS: Gums are cherry red and bleeding, damaged by infection and calculus. A sore, painful mouth and bad breath is evident. Dental cleaning and removal of calculus is needed immediately. This is a very serious stage that can quickly progress to stage four.
STAGE/GRADE 4 – PERIODONTAL DISEASE: Chronic infection is destroying the gums, teeth and bone. Bacteria are spreading through the body via bloodstream and may damage the kidneys, liver and heart. Dental treatment is needed immediately. Dental x-rays and oral surgery may be needed as well as extractions due to irreversible bone loss or tooth root abscess.
Pets are an important part of our lives. Good dental care is essential to extend your pet’s life span and assure a good quality of life. Just like you, your pet needs to
receive daily dental care at home. It is best to begin home care when the puppy or kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks of age; however, it is never too late. The daily
brushing process should be pleasant for both you and your pet. Many pets enjoy the added attention while many owners look forward to the close quality time spent
with their companion animal. The supplies you need are a finger brush and CET pet toothpaste. Most animals accept brushing very well if they are introduced to the
procedure in a calm and patient way. If you need a demonstration, we will be happy to show you!
♥ Be patient. Take time with the process or your pet may become resistant.
♥ Praise your pet. It’s a new experience and praising your pet will make him or her more receptive.
♥ Reward your pet with treats at the end of each session. Remember, always make it fun!
♥ Stop immediately if your pet shows any signs of aggression. Please call us for advice!
♥ Human toothpaste is for humans and NOT for pets. It is common for human toothpaste to cause stomach problems and even vomiting.
♥ Brushing the teeth at home will decrease the frequency of professional dental care.
♥ Remember, always make it fun!
Make an appointment for a dental exam for your fur baby and find out what stage your pet’s teeth are in! Get those teeth looking and smelling great! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us! For your convenience we are open 7 days a week; Monday – Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm.