Bad breath is a sure sign that your pet’s teeth need cleaning. Without proper dental hygiene routines, pets develop periodontal disease, which is the most common disorder affecting our pets nationwide. By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease.
At advanced stages, dental disease can significantly impact a pet’s quality of life. It can cause mouth pain, which makes eating difficult. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver and kidney complications. Pets are good at hiding pain, so it’s important for pet owners to take steps to prevent periodontal disease from striking in the first place.
The way to avoid all this is with regular dental care, including at-home brushing if possible, dental exams, and annual dental cleanings. At the Animal Hospital of Parkland, we offer comprehensive dental services for pets including oral surgery, and we can show you ways to keep their teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime!
Per guidelines from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AHAA) we do only anesthetic dental cleanings. Our procedures are accompanied by complete physicals, lab work, X-rays, and anesthesia to ensure the best outcome for your pet.
While non-anesthetic cleanings are becoming a popular option, but we cannot recommend them because in addition to being extremely stressful for pets, they do not allow for scaling under the gum line where the majority of plaque and tartar build up.
If you’d like to schedule your pet for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at (253) 536-1505.