Did you know that your pet’s bad breath could be a warning sign of dental disease? If left untreated, dental disease could lead to several critical health complications for your beloved pet. When gum disease goes untreated, tartar builds up under the gumline causing infections and introducing harmful bacteria to your pet’s bloodstream.
At Animal Hospital of Smithson Valley, we encourage pet owners to avoid costly dental surgery in their pets later years by visiting us for a dental cleaning once yearly. By keeping up with your pet’s yearly dental cleaning you are preventing long-term health issues, tooth extractions, and more. Dental health is the core of your pet’s health and to ensure they are happy, healthy, and most importantly pain-free, requires yearly dental cleanings, especially for those of us who don’t get around to brushing as much as we would like to.
Do you think your pet may be due for a cleaning? Contact us today and we can talk about dental health.
Pet Dental Extractions
Tooth extraction may be required if the dental condition has progressed. If this is the situation, your pet will receive a local anesthetic in the mouth from your veterinarian to offer the greatest level of comfort. Our veterinarians have experience extracting teeth. Your pet will receive pain control while in the hospital and will also go home with pain medication because comfort and speedy healing are priorities. We examine all pets having extractions two weeks following the treatment, free of charge, to ensure that proper healing has taken place and that a strategy for long-term oral health is in place. This is done to ensure proper continuity of care.
Pet Gingival Hyperplasia Reduction
A medical disease known as gingival hyperplasia causes the gum (gingival) tissue of a dog to swell up and become inflammatory. Enlargement is frequently brought on by irritation from bacterial development along the gum line, such as dental plaque. This can frequently be avoided by practicing proper dental hygiene routines. While any breed of dog can have this enlargement, Boxers, Great Danes, Collies, Doberman Pinschers, and Dalmatians seem to be particularly susceptible to developing gum inflammation.