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Just as the care and cleaning of your teeth and gums are important to your overall health, so is the care and cleaning of your pet’s mouth. In fact, pet dentistry has become an established part of a well-rounded veterinary care schedule.
Just like humans, dogs and cats can be subject to unfavorable bacteria, ulcerations, receding gums, root exposure, cavities, plaque, and other unwanted oral ailments. Such problems can cause absorption of bacteria into the bloodstream and lead to heart problems and other health risks. Worst of all, these things can cause pain for your pets that they are unable to communicate to you. Dental care for your pet can minimize and remove the chance of such detrimental health situations.
In order to resolve these issues, an appointment can be made to admit your pet the morning after fasting (no food and water for 12 hours). A routine blood test will be run to assure the sound health of your pet prior to any procedures. With the use of anesthetic gas, your pet will be relaxed and rendered unconscious so that any dental procedures required can be completed without making your pet uncomfortable.
After the procedures are completed, the animal will be brought out of anesthesia and returned to you, most likely with a 7-10 day regimen of antibiotics to be administered.
You can help to prevent severe oral problems with regular maintenance checks on your pets teeth and gums. Be sure to take a good look at your pet’s mouth, especially investigating any unusually bad smells or foul looking objects. If you are uncertain about the normality of something in your pet’s teeth or gums, bring the animal in for a quick assessment. Oral health deteriorates quickly with small problems becoming large in no time. Catching the problem early can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.