Dental Care Services for Pets
Your pet’s oral hygiene is just as important as the other components of their health. Like many aspects of their health, pet owners play a vital role in supporting their dental care. Since pets can’t brush their teeth and vocalize when they’re experiencing a toothache, it’s a pet owner’s duty to support their pet’s dental health. This includes scheduling regular visits with our team to check-up on your pet’s teeth and gums.
What is periodontal disease?
The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, caused by plaque creating gum inflammation. Plaque is the combination of saliva, bacteria, glycoproteins and sugars binding together on the surface of teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease destroys the gums and bones that keep teeth in their place. Eventually, your pet’s teeth might fall out or they’ll need to be extracted, depending on the state of their gums and bone structure. This disease can also affect other internal organs like the heart, kidney, lungs and brain.
How likely is my pet to get periodontal disease?
It’s estimated that over 85% of dogs and cats have a type of periodontal disease. It is a painful and uncomfortable experience for pets so it’s important we do what we can to protect your pet from getting it. It’s a preventable disease that can be treated if you’re aware of the signs. These include your pet having bad breath, chewing on one side of their mouth, loss of appetite, flinching when you attempt to touch their face and excessive drooling. If you notice any of these signs, please contact our team at 604.544.7387 to schedule an appointment.
What recommendations do you have to support my pet’s dental health?
If you notice your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms above, book an appointment for a dental exam. Don’t wait until their annual checkup. It’s helpful to create an at-home dental regimen for your pet including brushing their teeth daily and using specially formulated chews and rinses that promote good dental health. Always consult our veterinary team before introducing new products to your pet. Also, make sure you schedule your pet’s annual teeth cleaning, including digital dental X-rays.