Pet dental care can be often neglected and should be just as important as a regular wellness exam. Making sure your pet's teeth and gums are clean and disease free is a great way to help ensure overall health. Meriden Animal Hospital in Meriden provides pet dental service to ensure that pets get proper dental cleaning. Below is some information about pet dental care in more depth.
What to Expect At the Cleaning?
To properly clean your pet's teeth, your pet will have to be put under light anesthesia. This is done to ensure the safety and well-being of both your pet and our veterinarians. With your pet fully asleep, our veterinarians are able to better clean, examine, and correct any problems within your pet's mouth. Following the cleaning, our veterinarians may give your pet an antibiotic to fight off any possible infection. Your pet may have a restricted diet, but should be back to normal in a matter of days.
Why is Pet Dental Care Important?
Pet dental care is important for overall health. While pet owners regularly schedule appointments for a yearly wellness check, often pet dental care goes by the wayside. The mouth is a perfect place for many diseases, such as periodontal disease, to form and spread throughout the body. Broken and damaged teeth can often be a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria can enter the body through the blood stream and create a dangerous situation for your pet. Your pet's teeth and gums can also be an indicator of other dangerous diseases in the body. Many organ diseases, such as liver and heart disease, can be detected first in the mouth.
Pet dental care is also important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Your pets rely on their teeth for more than eating. Pets need their teeth to act as hands, holding objects, and as a way of communication. Keeping your pet's teeth healthy and clean should be just as important as yearly wellness visits.
How Can Your Veterinarian help with Pet Dental Care?
Our Meriden veterinarians will help you determine when it is time to have your pet's teeth cleaned. Not only will our veterinarians help perform the cleaning, but he or she can give you tips on keeping your pet's teeth clean between visits. There are many food additives that can be used to help reduce the amount of tarter and plaque buildup. For dogs, several chews and treats with textured surfaces are readily available to help clean in and around the teeth and massage the gum line.
The veterinary team at Meriden Animal Hospital in Meriden is passionate about pet dental care. Not only is pet dental care a great way to care for the teeth and gums, but the best practice to ensure overall health. To learn more about the services we offer or to schedule an appointment, please call us today at 785-484-3358.