Strokes, vision problems, arthritis and other conditions don't just affect people. Pets also develop serious health problems that change their lives. Fortunately, you can help your handicapped pet ...View Article
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Our pets are so similar to us in many ways, including the kinds of medical care they need to ensure years of good health and wellness. Dogs and cats need dental care just like we humans do -- but many pet owners are puzzled about just what all that entails. Here are some answers to frequently asked pet dental questions from our veterinarians at Solomons Veterinary Medical Center.
Why does my pet need annual dental checkups? A lot can happen within a pet's mouth over the course of a year, which is why we typically recommend annual dental evaluations. This makes dental checkups easy to schedule as part of a larger preventative wellness exam. It also allows us to check for signs of oral cancer, a disturbingly common and fast-growing cancer in dogs and cats.
Why does my pet need more than one exam per year? In some cases we may recommend that your pet receive two or more dental exams each year. This may be true for senior pets, animals with chronic gum disease or other oral diseases, and certain breeds such as toy breeds who are especially prone to problems with their teeth and gums.
Why is professional teeth cleaning necessary if I'm brushing my pet's teeth at home? Professional teeth cleaning is necessary because no home hygiene regimen can remove or prevent the accumulation of stubborn tartar, both above and below the gum line. We must remove this tartar to prevent serious gum disease and tooth decay.
Why do you perform teeth cleaning under anesthesia? General anesthesia helps keeps the pet calm and still so we can do the work that needs to be done. We are extremely careful about administering safe amounts of anesthetic and monitoring your pet's condition.
How can I know if my pet has a dental problem? Inspecting your pet's mouth from time to time can reveal signs of a dental problem such as foul breath, red or bleeding gums, pus around teeth and drooling. Your pet may also refuse to eat or paw at his mouth.
How do you treat oral diseases? Treatment options may include administering antibiotics to stop infections, extracting diseased teeth and performing surgery to remove cancer.
We hope that this FAQ page has addressed many of your questions about the types of benefits of dental care procedures for cats and dogs, from teeth cleaning to surgery. But we welcome any additional questions you may have -- and what better way to get the answers than by scheduling a dental evaluation with our veterinarians?
Solomons Veterinary Medical Center provides dental care for pets in Pet Dental Care for Solomons, Dowell, St. Leonard, Port Republic, Broomes Island, Prince Frederick, St. Mary's, Lusby and California MD.
For more information about Pet Dental care at Solomons Veterinary Medical Center, give us a call at (410) 326-4300!