Staying Healthy with Pet Dental Care
Pets can be anything but cooperative when it comes to someone poking around in their mouth. Still, it’s vital to care for their dental health the same way we care for our own. Regular pet dental care easily prevents some of the same dental concerns humans deal with. At Lake Shore Pet Hospital, we work with our patients and their owners in Pasadena and surrounding areas to provide comprehensive dental services.
Gum Disease: Common in Adult Dogs and Cats
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) cites that by three years old, most adult dogs and cats show signs of gum disease (periodontal disease). Build up from daily plaque turns into tartar when it's not removed. This hardened plaque, or tartar, contains bacteria. Once bacteria invades and multiplies under your pet’s gum line, it destroys surrounding bone and tissue. In extreme cases, gum disease enters your pet’s blood stream causing damage to their internal organs.
How We Prevent Gum Disease
While gum disease is one of the most common conditions seen in adult pets, it’s preventable with regular dental care. When we check teeth and gums, we look for signs of tartar, gum disease, or tooth decay. Annual dental cleanings and examinations will benefit most pets. As an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) practice, we serve our dental patients with the safest, most state-of-the-art practices in veterinary medicine.
How we perform pet dentals at our practice:
- Before we sedate your pet, we run bloodwork to check for underlying conditions or anything that can interfere with anesthesia.
- While your pet is sedated, we constantly monitor their heart rate, blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels.
- We take digital X-rays and thoroughly examine your pet’s oral cavity.
- Plaque and irritating tartar is completely removed during a cleaning.
- Finally, if your pet has broken teeth and needs extractions, we’ll alert you while your pet is sedated
Love Dr. Ashley and his amazing staff!! They are all super friendly and great with our pets!