Dental Care for Dogs
Dental disease is one of the most common diseases found in dogs of any age. There are many ways to help your dog have good oral hygiene which includes oral rinses, chews and toothbrush and toothpaste. Regular dental cleanings performed under anesthesia are also recommended every 1-2 years to ensure these preventative measures at home are continuing to be beneficial and that there are not any hidden diseases. All of our staff would be happy to discuss the range of dental care that we offer.
What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?
We provide dental COHATs for dogs, which stands for a Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment. This begins with an examination by a veterinarian and then continues under anesthesia where your dog’s teeth will be scaled with both ultrasonic and hand scaler, polished, probed for pockets and charted. We also take full mouth x-rays to assess for any diseases with the tooth roots. The veterinarian will then perform any surgical extractions of diseased teeth. While under anesthesia, your dog is monitored by a licensed veterinary technologist. Blood pressure and heart rate are constantly monitoring to ensure the procedure is as safe as possible.
How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?
Ideally, dogs should have their teeth brushed daily to remove the slimy plaque layer of bacteria that builds up. We recommend making it a part of yours and your dog’s daily routine.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Dental issues can affect your dog’s entire quality of life. A diseased tooth can be painful every time they chew and eat. Dogs often suffer in silence and will continue to eat and drink like nothing is wrong. Also, plaque and tartar are made up of millions of bacteria. By allowing them to build up this, bacteria can spread into the roots of the teeth, the jaw bone and to other organs of the body like the heart, liver and kidneys and create other health problems.