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Pet Dental Care in Bellevue, WA
Dental disease is as common in dogs and cats as it is in humans. Cats and dogs do not tend to form cavities; however, the buildup of tartar leads to irritation of the gums over time. This can result in root exposure, infection, tooth loss, and even heart or kidney disease.
Routine pet dental care is important and beneficial because it…
- Avoids the physical discomfort associated with gingivitis – inflammation of the gums.
- Decreases likelihood of heart and kidney disease that can be brought on by oral bacteria entering the blood stream.
- Can decrease future veterinary bills by maintaining your pet’s tartar buildup and future decay.
- Increases your enjoyment with your pet by controlling halitosis – bad breath!
In the past, the thought regarding pets was to feed your pet only dry food to help remove dental tartar. While there are some diets which can help to prevent continued tartar buildup, feeding a high quality diet is more important that determining whether to feed canned or dry food. Along with diet, breed, age, and other health concerns, at-home preventative care can determine how frequently your pet needs a professional dental cleaning.
Unlike humans, dogs and cats do not understand that a teeth cleaning is a helpful procedure. Since complete cooperation of the pet is required, general anesthesia is necessary for the dental cleaning to proceed as quickly and as safely as possible. We use only the safest inhalant anesthetics and monitoring devices available for the safety of our patients. Please contact us with any questions you may have about your pets oral health.