Caring for your pet’s teeth is an important responsibility. Dental disease is a widespread problem in pets, but is often overlooked. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Not only does dental disease affect your pet’s teeth and gums, but also it can cause other serious health problems such as heart, liver, and kidney disease.
Dental disease and other oral issues are often left untreated because there are few signs. Bringing your pet in for regularly scheduled examinations is the only way to ensure his or her oral health is not being compromised.
4 Common Signs of Dental Disease include:
- Tartar and plaque buildup
- Bad breath
- Swollen, bleeding, or receding gum lines
- Discolored and decaying teeth
If your pet is suffering from any of these conditions, it is extremely important that you seek veterinary care immediately. At Eastside Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, we provide dental examinations during your pet’s wellness visit. At this time, we examine your dog or cat’s teeth, provide recommendations for both a professional and at-home cleaning schedule, and inform you of any potential health issues. Sedation is required during dental procedures, and our veterinarians will consult with you before any dental cleaning or surgical procedures on the anesthetic that is right for your pet. They will also have pre-anesthetic blood testing performed prior to any procedure along with IV fluids.