February is Pet Dental Awareness Month
Did you know that dogs and cats experience the same dental problems as people? Pets can get plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gingivitis and dental disease. Dental disease is THE most common disease in dogs. Recent studies show that 85% of cats and 92% of dogs over age 3 have periodontal disease. Don't let your pet be a statistic- schedule their dental cleaning appointment today!
Signs That Your Pet Might Have Dental Disease
Yellow/brown spots on teeth
Inflamed, swollen, red or bleeding gums
Pawing at the mouth or rubbing face
Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
Loose or missing teeth
Besides BAD BREATH, pet dental disease:
Releases bacteria in the bloodstream and organs
Increases your pet's risk for heart, liver and kidney disease
Can cause severe pain and problems for your pet
Pets need regular dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life. Regular dental cleanings:
Allow us to chart dental disease over time
Reduce need for more advanced and expensive treatment in future
Can add up to 2-4 years to your pet's life
Will improve your pet's appetite, mood and energy level
What Happens During My Pet's Dental Cleaning?
During a dental cleaning (sometimes called prophylaxis), plaque and tartar are removed from a pet's teeth and the health of the entire mouth (tongue, gums, lips, and teeth) is assessed.
A thorough dental cleaning can be accomplished only while the pet is under general anesthesia. The anesthesia we use is safe for animals and your pet is monitored constantly while under anesthesia. Prior to anesthesia, blood tests are performed to help uncover any hidden illnesses.
Book your dental cleaning appointment now with Wilkinson Animal Hospital in Gastonia by calling us at 704-457-7600!