Pet dental care is just as important as human dental care and is often overlooked. Improper care of your pet's teeth can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to larger systematic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.
Many problems that arise from dental disease can be avoided by bringing your pet to the Bayshore Veterinary Hospital for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. Some signs of dental problems include:
Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease
A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
Red and swollen gums
Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
Loose or missing teeth
Your pet's veterinary cleaning is much different than the process you undergo each year, and is considerably more involved, time consuming and complex. Cleaning a pet's teeth requires general anesthesia, and consequently a day of hospitalization. The skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians are required for each dental procedure.
At Bayshore Veterinary Hospital a dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This examination is important for evaluating your pet's general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given an anesthetic for a safe and painless sleep during his or her dental cleaning. Our staff will scale and polish.
Bayshore Veterinary Hospital has an in house dental xray unit to help identify dental problems in your pets' mouth.
Cleaning Your Pet's Teeth at Home
Dental care does not end with a visit to the veterinarian. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home dental care. Ask any of our staff to show you the proper method of taking care of your pet's teeth.