A healthy mouth means a healthier life, so it’s important to get proper dental care for your furry friend. At Animal Clinic of Arlington, we have provided residents of Arlington, TX, with reliable pet dental care services for many years. Following are the answers to several questions we frequently receive regarding pet dental care.
Is Pet Dental Care Related to Bad Breath?
If your pet has bad breath, it is likely related to gums and teeth. You should schedule an appointment with our veterinarian to be sure. Conditions such as diabetes, kidney failure, and other conditions can also cause bad breath.
What Can Happen if You Don’t Clean Your Pet’s Teeth?
Both tartar and plaque can damage the gums and teeth. Diseases often start with the gums and cause inflammation. The gums then separate from the teeth and create pockets where plaque, bacteria, and tartar build up. This causes even more damage and will likely lead to tooth loss. Unfortunately, this will affect the whole body as well. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and affect organs throughout the rest of your pet’s body.
Can My Pet Experience Oral Pain?
Pets can’t verbalize pain as a human does, but they do show signs. Symptoms of oral pain include drooling, refusing to eat, or crying out.
What Can I Expect When I Visit for Pet Dental Services?
If your pet has periodontal disease, our veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics for a few days to reduce the infection. Pets should be anesthetized for a full dental cleaning. Many veterinary care specialists recommend that pets undergo pre-anesthesia blood work to be sure everything is okay with your pet. While your pet is under anesthesia, our veterinarian will scale the teeth, look at the gums, and polish the teeth. The equipment used is similar to what you find in a dental office.
How Do I Care for My Pet’s Teeth at Home?
Use products specially designed for your pet and don’t use human toothpaste since some ingredients are dangerous for animals. Our veterinarian will recommend products like dental treats and pet-friendly toothpaste according to your needs.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Arlington, VA
Call Animal Clinic of Arlington today at (817) 460-6622 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.