Focus on Pet Dental Care

June 27, 2018

dog laying on back with mouth open and teeth exposed

The body is amazing. The more we learn about it, the more apparent it becomes that everything is interconnected. Our health needs all the individual pieces to be healthy and cared for. And, this includes your pet’s teeth and gums.

Pets in Stitches believes in proactive health care for our patients, and we are happy to provide much needed pet dental care services to the community.

The Impact of Pet Dental Care

Research has shown that dental health is an important factor in our pets’ overall health. We are not always great at recognizing dental disease in pets, as up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats having some form of dental disease by 3 years of age.

Just as in people, pets experience plaque buildup as saliva and food combine with bacteria on the teeth. Unlike people, however, pets rarely receive frequent dental care, such as tooth brushing. Without treatment, the plaque can mineralize, forming hard tartar that is difficult to remove.

Over time, tartar accumulation leads to inflammation of the gingival tissue surrounding the tooth, along with destruction of the periodontal tissues that hold the tooth in place. This is painful and can lead to the loss of one or more teeth.

Continued, untreated dental disease can eventually affect the surrounding bone and even allow bacteria into the bloodstream. This circulating bacteria can impact the overall health of the heart, kidneys, liver, and other major organs, decreasing a pet’s quality life.

Signs of pet dental disease can include:

  • Foul breath (halitosis)
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Extra teeth (sometimes, particularly in small breeds, baby teeth are retained)
  • Changes in chewing habits
  • Decreased appetite
  • Drooling
  • Face rubbing
  • Swelling of the face
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Pain during oral examination

Pets are experts at hiding discomfort and, in its early stages, symptoms of dental disease may be minimal. That is where Pets in Stitches comes in.

Pet Dental Care at PIS

Pets need periodic oral examinations and cleanings under anesthesia. Each pet’s needs can vary greatly.

At Pets in Stitches we invite you in to stop by during our walk-in wellness clinic on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 3pm to 4pm. During this time we can update your pet on their preventative care and provide a dental consultation.

A consultation before your pet’s dental procedure will allow us to discuss with you the best course of action and what to expect. A quote is also provided at this time for anticipated services.

Sometimes, it may also be indicated to start antibiotics and/or pain medication prior to the procedure, although this is not typically necessary.

Good pet dental care is essential for the health and well-being of any animal. Call us today for any further questions regarding how Pets in Stitches can help you and your pet.

Come. Stay. Heal.

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