Chew on this:
Picture a mouth full of teeth. (I know its gross, but humor me.) What do you think those teeth would like after 1 year of no brushing? No flossing, no mouthwash, not even a toothpick. Quite the image don’t you agree?
Now, with that image in mind, ask yourself when was the last time your pet’s teeth were brushed. Did you flinch a little? Make a face, maybe? It’s okay, I make the same face.
Dental disease is actually extremely common in cats and dogs. Why? Because we don’t think to brush their teeth. Or we’ve tried and almost lost a finger, so who in their right mind wants to try again? So we give them dental chews, or hard food, or other things to chew on to help brush. These are all great thoughts, and to a degree they help. However the number one thing that helps dogs and cats keep dental disease at bay is brushing. And I’m not talking about the monthly trip to the groomer who brushes their teeth during their bath. I’m talking daily brushing. Or at minimum a few times a week.
Seriously though, who has time for that? Not many people. Or their pets hate it and so we choose to continue cheating with dental products. Which is OK, I promise. We don’t really want you to loose fingers over tooth brushing, and we all have busy lives as well. (I swear, we’re major offenders). We can work with you to find the best products that work for your pet. But what happens when the cheats or the tooth brushing isn’t enough? Well, where do you go when you have a toothache, or are in need of a good cleaning?
To a dentist!
Did you know that PawSteps performs at least two dental procedures a week? That’s right, you have a veterinary dentist right at your fingertips! A lot of our dental procedures are done on cats and dogs after we find a problem – a broken tooth, an abscess, or other oral issues that cause pain and discomfort. Our hope is that through education, like the fun post you’re currently reading, we can get more pets in for routine cleanings before the problems arise.
So what does a doggy dental entail?
In short, your pet is put under anesthesia and we x-ray their whole mouth to look for disease under the gum line. Any necessary extractions are done, and then the remaining teeth are scaled, cleaned and polished – all with continuous monitoring of your pet’s heart rate, breathing, and other vitals.
Not sure if your pet would benefit from a dental? Put your detective cap on and look for these signs:
- Decreased appetite
- Trouble chewing or chewing on one side
- Dropping large chunks of food while eating
- Only eating wet food when they normally eat dry food
- Bad Breath! (bad breath is not normal in dogs and cats, and is the #1 tell for dental issues)
These are all indicative of hidden oral pain and discomfort. Call us today to schedule a consult and we can get your pets smile minty fresh and pearly white in no time!