Caring for your loyal companion’s dental health can give them a better quality of life. Dental care is not often prioritized because people consider other preventive treatments to be more important. Neglecting your feline or canine’s oral health can cause severe pain and infections that can spread throughout the body including the heart, kidneys and liver. We recommend yearly dental cleanings for cats and dogs. Our team offers exceptional care that will keep your cat or dog’s teeth white and their breath fresh. To schedule a dental appointment for your feline or canine companion, please call us at 613-732-3641.
What causes dental issues in cats and dogs?
Dental problems develop when the mouth is not cleaned regularly. After each meal, there are leftover food particles that mix with saliva forming plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that covers the teeth, if it is not brushed away it can build up around the teeth. Plaque contains bacteria and can contribute to decay and gum disease. If enough time passes the plaque will then turn to tartar which can only be removed during professional dental cleanings.
What happens during a dental visit?
Professional dental cleanings can only be safely performed with the use of general anesthesia. For your loyal companion’s safety and ours, it is essential that they are unconscious when we probe around their mouth. Our veterinarian will do a physical examination of the mouth and use dental X-rays to detect problems below the gum line. From there we can diagnose periodontal disease, oral infection etc. During the cleaning, our team uses dental tools to scale and polish the teeth. If necessary, our team can perform dental extractions and minor dental surgeries.
How can I care for my loyal companion’s dental health?
One of the most important ways you can care for your loyal companion’s oral health is to brush their teeth daily. Starting at an early age will get your pet accustomed to the practice. You should only use pet-safe toothbrushes and toothpaste as the human versions can be harmful. At our hospital, we offer various dental products including dental chews, pet toothpaste, pet toothbrushes, and dental diets.