How Your Cat or Dog’s Dental Health Can Affect Their Overall Health
Pet dentistry is about more than just teeth cleaning for dogs and cats, treating bad breath or preventing teeth from falling out. Cat and dog dental health is essential to overall health, and pet dental infections can affect all systems of the body. They can allow bacteria to infect the heart, kidney, liver—any organ of the body, as well as cause abscesses of bones, and even jaw fracture. Common pet dental infections can eventually lead to loss of teeth, which is extremely painful well before the tooth is lost.
Why Animal Dentistry Treatment is Needed Even When Your Pet Shows No Pain
Pets instinctively hide their pain, even extreme oral pain, because they have evolved to not show pain to avoid becoming prey to predators in the wild. Often, they continue to act and eat totally normally because not eating is a poor survival strategy – so they deal with and hide excruciating pain that would cause us to cry and whimper for relief.
When To See Your Vet For Veterinary Dentistry
Cat and dog dentistry exams should happen each year when your pet is young, and every six months when over the age of nine. Additionally, if there is bad breath or other pet dental concerns, pet teeth cleaning procedures should be done yearly by experienced, professional vets or a licensed pet dentist who is a veterinarian. Properties Animal Clinic is devoted to ensuring pets get the absolute best in care for animal dentistry, and we caution against using unregulated animal dentistry services like those that have been exposed in a CBC Calgary story.
Pet Dentistry Services Offered at Properties Animal Clinic
- Cat & Dog teeth cleaning (polishing and fluoride)
- Full mouth examinations
- Dental x-rays
- Ultrasonic scaling
- Sub-gingival curetting
- Dental surgery to remove damaged or abscessed teeth
- Specialty pet foods as well as water additives that are proven to help control plaque and tartar
To receive quality veterinary dentistry in the Calgary area, make an appointment with Properties Animal Clinic today.
Above: Dental Workstation at Properties Animal Clinic