Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pet Dental Care... Simplify, Simplify

Can Pet Dental Care Be Simple?

Henry David Thoreau said, Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.  To which his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson responded, I think one simplify should have sufficed.

Pet dental care seems like that, there are so many choices that most people simply ignore it until their pet has a real tooth ache.

Unless you brush your pet's teeth after every meal, bits of food and bacteria collect right at the gum line and that turns into plaque. If this plaque isn’t removed, in just a few days, it will harden into tartar that sticks to your pet’s teeth.
Tartar irritates the gums, resulting in inflammation, also known as “gingivitis”.  If the tartar isn’t removed it will build up under your pet's gums. This can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating small open spaces that act as collection points for bacteria. In more advanced cases, tooth extractions can become necessary after the tooth is affected by the decaying area.
Unfortunately, other than bad breath and discolored gums (should be pink), there are few signs that your pet is developing dental disease. Check your pet’s breath and look at their gums right now.

The Best Dental Care
The best daily dental care you can do for your pet is the one you and your pet will do.  Not everyone has time to brush their pet’s teeth and not every pet will allow it, but there other choices like chews, additives and special food that are very effective.  We are happy to help you find something that will work.
Pet Dental Care Exams
If you don’t know the condition of your pet’s teeth and gums, just call us.  We can schedule a dental exam for you at no charge.
Pet Dental Care Month… Simplified.
Beginning now and for the month of February, we are offering pet dental cleanings at a single price.  This service includes:
1. exam prior to procedure
2. blood tests if needed
3. IV catheter and IV fluids during anesthesia
4. electronic vital signs monitoring
5. administer anesthesia
6. full mouth digital dental x-ray’s,
7. dental cleaning and polishing
8. fluoride treatment
10. complimentary nail trim and ear cleaning
Feline Dental Cleaning fee: $289;  Canine Dental Cleaning fee: $349
The only items not included are tooth extractions and pain medication to take home. (Pain medication is not generally needed if no teeth are extracted).  You may also request the use of sevoflurane anesthesia for an additional fee.

If you don’t know the condition of your pets mouth, call us at 972-307-7400 to schedule a free dental/mouth exam for your pet.  Please mention this blog post to receive the free exam or discounted procedure.  If we have never seen your pet before a paid full body exam and consult is required before any other services are provided.