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DENTAL CARE AT Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital
When dental care under general anesthesia is necessary, we use very safe anesthetic agents and monitor our patients closely during a procedure to minimize any risks. A complete physical exam and pre-anesthetic blood testing further lessen the risk of anesthetic complications. The benefits of oral health to your pet far out generally far outweigh the risk. A dental treatment with general anesthesia generally includes dental radiographs (X-rays), any necessary extractions, and a deep cleaning and polishing of the teeth. It is a much more thorough method of dental treatment than can be accomplished by a non-anesthetic cleaning.
If a program of home care and twice yearly non-anesthetic professional cleanings are started at an early age before onset of significant dental disease, it may be possible to avoid anesthesia for dental treatment. In other cases, once a dental treatment under anesthesia has been done, it may be possible that the next treatment be done without anesthesia if it is done soon afterwards and continued on a repeating basis every four to six months. The goal is to start early prior to development of advanced dental disease. Once the dental disease is present, dental treatment under general anesthesia is advised.
SIGNS OF SIGNIFICANT DENTAL DISEASE INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Gingivitis (gum redness or bleeding)
- Periodontal disease (loose teeth or abscesses)
- Oral pain
- Moderate to severe accumulation of dental calculus
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Gum recession or overgrowth
There is a self cleaning property to chewing. The best things for your pet to chew are things that do not cause excessive wear and cannot be chewed up and consumed so fast that it results in gastrointestinal problems like vomiting or diarrhea. It is not rare for us to see dogs that have never had dental treatment, at home or by a veterinarian, to have excellent oral health even when they have reached their geriatric years (10+ years). Invariably, these dogs are ones that love to chew everything. If you brush your pet’s teeth, use toothpaste made for dogs or cats. Brushing is also very beneficial to oral health, but not all pets tolerate it.
YOUR PET’S MOUTH IS THE GATEWAY TO GOOD HEALTH
Having your pet’s teeth cleaned at Animal Kind is an important part of keeping him or her healthy. “Dog breath” isn’t a normal condition but a sign that there are problems. Bacteria in your pet’s mouth can get into the bloodstream and damage organs such as the kidneys, lungs, heart, or liver.
After a cleaning, following up at home is important. We are happy to take the time to make recommendations about products that you can use such as special chews or special diets that help to keep teeth clean and reduce a build-up of tartar, calculus, and bacteria.
BRUSHING YOUR PET’S TEETH
There is another important component that you can do at home to keep your pet’s teeth clean and free of bacteria. By using this step-by-step process, your pet can learn to enjoy having his or her teeth brushed.
- Prepare your pet by rubbing his or her gums every day and reward with a treat. Your pet will learn that this is an activity to look forward to.
- After a week or so, put some special pet toothpaste on your finger and rub the teeth and gums. Let your pet taste it and give lots of praise.
- Once your pet has become accustomed to having your finger in his or her mouth, try using the toothbrush with the paste.
Keep at it! Your pet will thank you.
Compassionate care for the pets of Brooklyn, NY.
Our compassionate veterinarians and support staff are committed to responsible pet ownership, preventive pet care, and education. We care for your pets as if they were our own. Gentle, knowledgeable, and thorough, our entire staff works together to give you and your pet the best possible experience.