Teeth Cleaning and Extraction for Dogs and Cats
If you encountered a person who told you they had never been seen by a dentist in their life, you would probably be taken aback. How could they be taking a chance with such an important aspect of their health?
In the case of cats and dogs, however, not every owner considers dental care a routine aspect of pet care. It’s possible you’ll never notice any bad effects from your failure to have your dog or cat’s teeth checked. But that doesn’t necessarily mean your pet should have regular dental care.
At Affordable Animal Hospital in Orange, we offer a range of services to help you make sure your pet’s mouth, gums, and teeth stay healthy. This is more important than you may realize.
Words Never Spoken
As much as you and your pet may share all sorts of satisfying non-verbal communication, your cat or dog is not going to be able to tell you if a tooth is giving it pain. Unless you’re a veterinarian, you’re not necessarily going to notice that something is wrong, especially in the early stages of dental disease, the time when it’s easiest to fix problems and prevent a major issue.
Time Leaves its Mark
If you never brushed or flossed, what would the condition of your teeth be after a week? A month? A year? All the information you’ve been given about the causes of tooth decay apply to dogs and cats as well.
There’s no reason to assume that your pet can break all the rules of dental hygiene and never suffer a consequence. The truth is that you should expect dental problems to develop at some point. Four out of five dogs that are over three years hold have some form of gum disease.
Prevention is Key
As in any other health matter affecting dogs and cats, it is important to be proactive. Whatever your pet’s current situation may be, we can help keep it from worsening, so your pet stays healthy and happy for longer.