Tuesday, February 5, 2013

FAQ on Pet Dental Health

PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTHS (Jan-Mar)            All Creatures Veterinary Center             972-307-7400

FAQ on Pet Dental Health
Did you know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over age three have some form of oral disease?
 If left untreated, bacteria from the teeth and gums can spread through the bloodstream and affect other body systems.  At All Creatures, we are dedicated to using preventative care to change the statistics of dental disease for your pet.  Here are some questions/concerns we get about pet dental health and having your pet's teeth cleaned.

I Don't Know What Condition My Pet's Teeth Are In.
If you don't know the condition of your pet's teeth, just call us at All Creatures Veterinary Center and make an appointment with one our Certified Veterinary Assistants and they will exam your pet's teeth, evaluate the overall dental health and give you a condition score.  This service is free.

What About Anesthesia?
Your pet must be anesthetized to have its teeth completely cleaned and should be in good health before receiving anesthesia.  That is why we test your pet's blood before a dental procedure.  The results of the test tell our doctors if your pets internal organs are functioning properly and can handle anesthesia.  If your pet has had blood tests in the last 60 days let us know and we may be able to use those tests and save the cost of the preanesthetic blood tests.

What About Follow Up Care?
The best way to keep your pet's teeth clean and their breath bearable is to begin a maintenance program at home.  The good news is there are a variety of products to help you do this from poultry flavored toothpaste to an easy water additive.  What is the best home pet dental care?  Ask any All Creatures staff member for the answer.

Do You Have a Question About Pet Dental Health?  Just click HERE and send us an email.

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