Just like people, pets need to be checked yearly for dental issues. Often, dental exams
identify the root of underlying problems and might end your pet’s silent pain.
It is convenient for our clients to schedule their pet’s dental exam during the same time
they make yearly checkups. However, your pet’s teeth should be checked sooner if you
notice any of the following:
- bad breath
- broken, loose or extra teeth
- discolored teeth
- abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- pain, bleeding or swelling in or around the mouth
Be careful when evaluating your pet’s mouth. Even though he or she adores you, a pet
in pain can bite. During the dental cleaning, your pet will undergo anesthesia. Most patients will not
hold still for tartar removal, and if underlying pain exists, anesthesia allows your pet to
rest during the procedure. Plus, a thorough exam and X-rays might reveal severe
problems that cannot be treated without anesthesia or need to be addressed by us
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, your pet will likely show
some early signs of periodontal disease by the time he or she reaches three years old.
This can worsen as your pet grows older. If left untreated, other problems could result
such as changes in your pet’s kidney, liver, and heart.
It is imperative pet owners schedule dental exams with their veterinarian’s office. Here’s
a bonus: February is National Pet Dental Month. Often, many clinics, like ours, will offer
special discounts at that time to encourage pet owners to schedule these important exams.