The Importance of Good Oral Health in Pets

posted: by: Julie Erickson Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Studies continue to show the increasing importance of good oral health in our pets.  Oral bacteria can settle on our pets' heart and kidneys, if left unchecked.  Jaw bone loss is common when pets have advanced dental disease.  These are just a few of the reasons why annual dental cleanings and x-rays are so beneficial in keeping our pets healthy.

What should you look for to know if your pets may have dental problems?  Common symptoms include persistent bad breath, bleeding gums, receding or inflamed gums, plaque or tartar build-up, loose or missing teeth, sensitivity around the mouth, pawing at the mouth, loss of appetite, or difficulty in eating/chewing food.

If you have noticed any of these signs in your pets, it is highly recommended to consult your veterinarian.  A dental exam and cleaning can help eliminate the symptoms and keep our four-legged family members healthier.  If needed, tooth extractions can also be done while your pets are under anesthesia for the dental cleaning.

Should you decide to schedule a dental cleaning with us, you will start your pets on antibiotics three days before the procedure.  Food should be taken away at midnight, the night before the procedure (continuing to allow water in small amounts is fine).  Bring your pets in to Mission Animal Clinic between 8:00 am and 8:30 am the morning of the scheduled cleaning.  (Pre-anesthetic blood work is offered as an option, as well.)   After the procedure is completed, your pets stay with us for a few more hours while we monitor their recovery as they wake up from anesthesia.  Usually, pets are ready to go home between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm the same day, with antibiotics continued at home for a few more days.

Give us a call at (913) 432-3341 if you have questions about your pets' oral health or the dental cleaning procedure.  If you schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning in November, you can save 10% on the cost of the cleaning and anesthesia!