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The Importance of Dental Care for Pets

A cate getting a dental exam in Raleigh NCThe minimal risk of anesthesia is worth the benefits of a dental cleaning.

Many of our clients are concerned about the anesthesia required for a dental cleaning. We understand.  With bloodwork and an exam by a veterinarian prior to the anesthetic event, proper anesthetic monitoring, and no health concerns to preclude anesthesia, the ultrasonic dental cleaning has minimal risk and maximum benefit for improving quality of life.

Dental disease is bad for your pet’s health.

a dog getting his teeth cleaned at Care First Animal Hospital We urge you to not wait until you see tartar accumulation or gum inflammation like the dog in this picture. These signs indicate your pet is already at risk for gum recession, bacteria buildup, and potential tooth root abscesses, which can lead to expensive multiple extractions, necessitate antibiotics and pain medications, and sometimes surgery to treat the abscess. On another note, would you really want this pet to kiss you?

Yes, cost is a concern, but let’s put it in perspective…

We know that cost can be a concern in these tough economic times. However prevention of dental disease is less expensive and healthier for your pet than treatment.  The cost of an ultrasonic dental cleaning for a dog, including the doctor’s exam, anesthesia, monitoring, the dental procedure, post-operative recovery monitoring, and hospitalization for the day is less than $200.  If any additional procedures are necessary or requested, an estimate can be provided and reviewed with you by your veterinarian.

a cat playing with a tooth brush Home pet dental care, as explained in this article by Dr. Sawyer, is just as important for maintaining great oral health.   After your pet’s dental cleaning we’ll send you home with a complimentary Dental Home Care Kit, containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, and samples of CET chews (a dental health treat), and Science Diet t/d, all tools that you can use at home to keep your pets mouth healthy. Not sure how to go about brushing your pet’s teeth? Watch this video about pet dental exams now by Dr. Erik Strunck to get some great pointers!

Still have questions or concerns? Send us an email or give us a call, we’ll be happy to help.

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