Keeping your pet healthy and happy can be a challenge, especially as he grows older. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and quality vet care can go a long way towards maintaining your pet’s good health. Equally as important is pet dental care. These FAQs from Berkley Pet Hospital in North Hollywood provide greater insight into the importance of caring for your pet’s oral health.
Which dental problems should I look out for in my dog or cat?
Your canine and feline are at risk for numerous oral health issues, including cavities, abscesses, bleeding gums, broken or chipped teeth, loose teeth, and periodontal disease.
What are the risks of periodontal disease in my pet?
Periodontal disease is a common, yet dangerous, dental problem that pets can develop as they grow older. Periodontal disease destroys the bone structure of your pet’s teeth, posing a risk of tooth loss. If the disease enters your pet’s bloodstream, it can also damage internal organs. Routine dental care can protect your pet against periodontal disease, preserving both his health and teeth.
What are some symptoms that my pet has dental issues?
One of the most noticeable signs of dental problems is swollen or bleeding gums. You may first notice a red stripe appearing across your pet’s gum line which indicates the beginning of inflammation due to bacteria buildup. Your pet may lose his appetite or refuse to chew hard foods. He may also rub his face against the carpet or furniture to compensate for pain. At the first sign of dental issues, schedule an appointment with our North Hollywood vet for a checkup. Dental issues are easier to treat in their early stages.
How often should my pet have a dental exam or cleaning?
We recommend annual exams and cleanings to protect your pet’s oral health. Senior pets may need to see our veterinarian more often, depending on their overall health.
Is it necessary to sedate my pet for cleanings?
A comprehensive pet dental exam consists of inspecting your pet’s mouth, jaw, teeth, and gums as well as taking digital x-rays to check bone structure under the gum line where periodontal disease begins. A cleaning involves scaling and polishing your pet’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar, especially under the gum line. These services cannot be performed properly unless your pet is sedated. Sedating your pet protects him from pain and discomfort and keeps him still so our vet can do a thorough job without being scratched or bitten by your pet.
See Our North Hollywood Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care
At Berkley Pet Hospital, we’ll work with you to enhance your pet’s oral health. To schedule a pet dental exam or cleaning, contact your North Hollywood vet at (818) 763-6221 today.