Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty frightening, right? As you can imagine, things would eventually start to go very bad inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious health problems. And we haven’t even mentioned the daily pain of dental disease.
It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them for a dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic dental exams and cleanings help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.
Frankfort Animal Clinic offers complete pet oral health services and thorough dental cleanings, which include a full dental exam, teeth cleaning, digital dental x-rays, teeth polishing, and extractions when necessary.
Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Frankfort Animal Clinic only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we recommend routine bloodwork and IV catheter for all pets and may require them based on your pet’s age and/or health conditions.
Preventive Dental Care
Brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products, such as dental diets and treats, that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.