How often do you go to the dentist? Dogs and cats need dental care, too!
Gum Disease is most Common Oral Disease in Dogs and Cats. All pets are at risk for developing gum disease. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by age three. Pets that are most at risk are those without a regular oral care program. For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long we can remember. We understand that without this daily attention and without regular visits to the dentist, serious problems with our teeth and gums eventually could result. The same is true for pets. Therefore, cats and dogs need dental care, too. While gum disease is the most common infectious disease in the world for dogs and cats, this disease can be controlled or even possibly eliminated with proper treatment by veterinarians combined with home care by pet owners. Pet owners can take a few simple steps to help their pets have healthier mouths. A good starting point is to become aware of the condition of the pet's teeth. Look for the warning signs of gum disease : bad breath, red swollen gums, a yellow-brown crust of tartar around the gum line. Your Veterinarian can help you start a dental care routine at home using a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for pets. Human toothpaste can upset the pet's stomach. The Baker Veterinary Clinic is urging all pet owners to make dental care an important part of their pet's overall health and plan regular dental checkups at least once a year.
When getting your pet used to getting his
or her teeth brushed, it's best to start off
putting something tasty on the toothbrush
to slowly introduce them to your working
with their mouth. Be patient and take it
slowly, giving them time to adjust to the
feeling of first your finger running over their
teeth and gums, and then a toothbrush.
Dr. Baker demonstrates how to do this in
this short video.
We are now also offering Non-anesthetic Dentistry
A thorough cleaning of the teeth is similar to what your dental hygienist performs. A combination of ultrasonic scaling and hand scaling remove the tartar from the enamel surface, followed by polishing and a fluoride treatment. If the level of the dental disease is only a Grade I (no root exposure, just tartar and gingivitis), we have a non-anesthetic dental service which comes to the clinic once a month to perform these cleanings. Pet Friendly Dental (www.petfriendlydental.com) are highly trained and skilled professionals which are capable of performing a thorough cleaning while the pet is cradled in their laps. Appointments can be made for the last Tuesday of each month.