Offering Pet Dental Care in Bellevue, To Maintain Your Best Furry Friend's Dental Health
Dental disease is as common in dogs and cats as it is in humans. Cats and dogs do not tend to form cavities; however, the buildup of tartar leads to irritation of the gums over time. This can result in root exposure, infection, tooth loss, and even heart or kidney disease.
Routine pet dental care and veterinary services are important and beneficial because:
- It avoids the physical discomfort associated with gingivitis – inflammation of the gums.
- It decreases likelihood of heart and kidney disease that can be brought on by oral bacteria entering the blood stream.
- It can decrease future veterinary bills by maintaining your pet’s tartar buildup and future decay.
- It increases your enjoyment with your pet by controlling halitosis, AKA bad breath!
In the past, the thought regarding pets was to feed your pet only dry food to help remove dental tartar. While there are some diets which can help to prevent continued tartar buildup, feeding your pet a high-quality diet is more important that determining whether to feed canned or dry food. Along with diet, breed, age, and other health concerns, at-home preventative care can determine how frequently your pet needs a professional dental cleaning from your local animal hospital.
Unlike humans, dogs and cats do not understand that a teeth cleaning is a helpful procedure. Since complete cooperation of the pet is required, general anesthesia is necessary for the dental cleaning to proceed as quickly and as safely as possible. We use only the safest inhalant anesthetics and monitoring devices available for the safety of our patients, and for the peace-of-mind of our pet owners.
Our team at Companion Animal Hospital is proud to provide the veterinary services needed to maintain your pet's oral health. We are always willing to use our knowledge and experience to answer any questions you may have regarding teeth cleaning and pet health. Please contact our veterinarian practice with any questions you may have about your pet's oral health, or schedule an appointment at our Bellevue, WA office for pet dental care you can count on. We are here to make you and your pet happy!