Don't ignore your pet's bad breath! Dental hygiene is often the cause of bad breath, and can cause other health problems with your pet.
Some dogs and cats will tolerate owners handling their mouths and will allow you to brush their teeth, but brushing is not always enough. Even with brushing daily, there will still be buildup of tartar which requires regular dental cleanings.
The best way to ensure your pet's oral health is to have regular cleanings. Each pet is different. Just like us, some have good teeth and some have bad. During your pets annual vaccinations we will address any tarter build-up. There are other benefits beside good breath, teeth cleaning can also help prevent further disease. The tartar on your pets teeth harbor bacteria which can cause disease to the heart, kidneys, liver, or lungs. Some of this damage is irreversible. This bacteria can also erode the gumline and the ligaments which hold your pets teeth in place. Sometimes, when you break this tartar/plaque away, there is a loose tooth or rotten root. These teeth need to be removed.
Signs of persistent grumpiness may actually be a sign that your pet is in pain, which may be due to his teeth. New irritability, shying away from being touched on the face and around the mouth or throat, loss of appetite or difficulty eating can be a sign of dental disease.
Other signs of dental disease can be:
• Red and swollen gums
• Bleeding gums, especially when eating or when having teeth brushed
• Swelling around the mouth
• Abnormal chewing/weight loss
• Loose or missing teeth
• Tatar build up at the edge of the gums
• Persistent bad breath
• Excessive drooling
Remember, preventing oral infections and disease will help your pet live a longer and healthier life. Dental costs vary based on the severity and extractions. Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your animals dental care!
Anesthesia for procedures
Animal Clinic of Rogers always utilizes the use of anesthesia for all dental procedures.
There are always risks when using an anesthetic, however, we try to minimize these risks by, if needed, starting on antibiotics prior to the dental. At Animal Clinic of Rogers we also strongly recommend a Comprehensive Blood panel for those pets under 7 years of age and require this test for those pets over 7 years of age. This blood panel is done on the day of the procedure and looks at the liver and kidney function - which is how your pet metabolizes anesthesia. We want to ensure your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia.
Most the time your with normal procedures, your pet can goes home on the very same day. Your pet may have a bit of a cough due to the endotracheal tube placed during the procedure but should subside over the next couple of days. Some pets, the evening of the procedure may not want to play or eat as much which is due to the anesthetic but should be back to their normal selves the next day. Many clients tell us that their pets are like puppies again. It is amazing how good they feel once you take the mouth pain away.
Procedures we offer
The dental tools we use to treat your clean your pet's mouth are very close to the same ones your dentist uses for you. We recommend an office examination prior to any procedure so we can give you an idea what to expect.
Your pet's health is as important to us as it is to you. We offer the below listed dental procedures.
• Scaling (removal of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line)
Treatment of any oral infection
Oral mass removal