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You may consider “dog breath” a normal part of your canine friend’s characteristics. If you do, you are one of millions of pet owners who share this view. The truth is, bad breath is indicative of a problem in your pet, just as it would be for you. When your pet has bad breath, he or she has an overgrowth of oral bacteria, which is harbored in plaque and tartar on teeth and gums. Sound familiar? You probably hear similar terms from your family dentist! At Petsadena, your pet can receive the quality dental care needed to promote optimal oral health.
Early care is important for pets to avoid unhealthy dental conditions such as gum disease. It is not enough to offer your dog “special” treats or chews to reduce plaque buildup. Like you, your pet needs professional cleanings from time to time.
Why dental care is important for your pet
Dental hygiene is one of the most important aspects of health care for pets. Disease in the mouth is linked to unhealthy bacteria, and these microorganisms can travel from your pet’s teeth and gums to other areas of the body. Pets with dental disease are at a higher risk for health conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, or heart disease.
Dental check-ups are performed during routine annual exams. With a close examination of the teeth, gums, and oral tissues, we can determine if dental issues exist and we can discuss how to address them. Examinations are brief and comfortable for your pet, and they provide us with the information we need to recommend home care and, if necessary, professional care.
Professional dental cleanings are performed in our Pasadena animal hospital under general anesthesia in order to ensure full comfort and peace of mind for your pet. Like surgical procedures, cleanings with anesthesia include the placement of an IV catheter that enables us to provide the fluids necessary to maintain proper hydration. Heart rate, breathing, and other vitals are also monitored throughout the procedure.
We also have a digital dental x-ray unit and recommend full-mouth dental x-rays for all patients receiving a professional dental cleaning. Dental x-rays help us assess the health of every tooth that is otherwise not visible under the gum line.
Part of living a long and happy life is to maintain optimal wellness, which includes keeping the mouth healthy. To schedule a dental exam or cleaning for your pet, call Petsadena at (626) 414-5919.