Did you know that many of our pets are living with periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease starts with gingivitis at the margin where the gum tissue touches the crown of the tooth. The first sign is bleeding of the gums with brushing or chewing. Dogs and cats can have this even without visible tartar on their teeth! February is Pet Dental Health Month, so we at Bradford Hills Veterinary Hospital want to draw your attention to this disease and teach you the treatments that can help your beloved pet.
Symptoms can include:
- Bleeding of the gums
- Halitosis (that doggy breath is not normal)
- Visible tartar and calculus with red gums
- Loose teeth
- Swollen gums
- Change in appetite or decreased activity as a result of mouth pain
If left untreated, early stage periodontal disease can progress to abscesses, tooth loss, and even systemic infection! It’s best to intervene with a professional dental cleaning when only tartar and calculus are present, before the gums are visibly red. We can help at all stages with home care like brushing, oral gels, and dental chews, as well as a professional dental cleaning and exam.
Ask one of our veterinarians at your next appointment what would be the best care for your pet or for the month of February, call to schedule a complimentary dental check up with one of our trained veterinary technicians. They will examine your pet’s mouth and recommend home care or a professional dental cleaning. While you are here, you can spin our WHEEL OF DENTAL HYGIENE for a chance to win a fun prize!
Dental cleanings can be performed on most dogs and cats of any age. An exam and pre-anesthetic blood work is required to make sure your pet is a safe candidate. Dental cleanings include anesthesia and monitoring with IV fluid and pain management support. They include a full scaling with an ultrasonic scalar to remove plaque and calculus from the teeth. Full dental radiographs (x-rays) are included to check the tooth crown and root structures as well as an exam of the mouth by the veterinarian. Then the teeth are polished to protect the new, clean enamel.
Sometimes problems like periodontal disease, loose teeth, and fractures are found which require dental extractions. Our veterinarians are skilled in dental extractions and will provide local anesthesia to the area of extraction, and we will use therapeutic laser on the extraction sites to reduce inflammation and help them heal faster. Pets go home just a few hours after their dental procedure. If you call during the month of February to schedule your pets dental, you will receive a $50.00 discount for a limited time.
We want to spread the word about dental disease in our beloved pets. Check out our Facebook or Instagram pages for a great contest. Comment with a picture of your pets smile or your pet receiving dental care (brushing, dental chews), and like and share our page for a chance to win a fantastic prize! One lucky canine and one fancy feline will be chosen to win $400.00 off of their dental cleaning scheduled in 2019!
Call us today at 724-935-5827 to schedule an appointment or for more information.