Part of good healthcare for your pets is proper dental care. Pets depend on their teeth for daily functioning and they promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Like humans, teeth can have complications, including dental diseases, tooth loss, and more. Our team at Lenox Hill Veterinarians in New York has gathered some of the questions that we run into regarding pet dental care.
Does My Pet Need Routine Dental Care?
Although you can help with good oral hygiene at home, pets are still susceptible to periodontal disease, bleeding gums, and broken teeth. If these issues are not resolved, they can lead to severe complications for your pet's health. Our veterinarians will identify potential problems early, which makes treating them easier. We can also recommend ways to promote better oral health at home.
Are There Signs of Dental Issues That I Should Know About?
A pet can show behaviors or symptoms that indicate a dental problem. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Bleeding or red gums
- A loss of appetite or pawing at the mouth
- Drooling more than normal
- Discoloration of the teeth
- Foul breath
- Atypical behaviors such as an inability to sleep or increased aggression
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact one of our veterinarians right away.
How Often Should I Bring My Pet for a Dental Checkup and Cleaning?
Pets should have their teeth examined once per year. However, if your pet has had a history of teeth or gum complications, the frequency may be higher. Preventative care is the best way to avoid a costly procedure and ensure your pet is not experiencing discomfort. Periodontal disease affects cats and dogs as early as the age of three. Not only can it cause damage to your pet's mouth, but dangerous bacteria can get into the bloodstream, affecting major organs like the heart, lungs, and kidneys.
Why Is Anesthesia Used during the Exam and Cleaning?
General anesthesia helps ensure that your pet remains calm during the thorough cleaning and examination. Your pet will not experience any pain and it allows us to complete all of the necessary aspects of dental care. The cleaning includes scaling of the teeth, X-rays, and an inspection of the gums. It would not be possible to do these things without sedation.
Contact Lenox Hill Veterinarians for Pet Dental Care In New York, NY
Pet dental care is a significant part of keeping your pet healthy and happy for years to come. Call our team at Lenox Hill Veterinarians today at (212) 879-1320 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.