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Why Dental Health is Important to Your Pets

February is National Pet Dental Health Month



Scottsboro pet owners - Is your pet experiencing bad breath or excessive drooling? Have you noticed him/her pawing at the mouth? Does your pet seem hesitant to eat or does chewing seems painful?



Besides just BAD BREATH, dental disease:




  • Releases bacteria into the bloodstream

  • Increases risk for heart, liver and kidney disease

  • Can cause severe pain and problems for your pet



Pets need regular dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life. Regular professional dental cleanings:




  • Allow us to chart periodontal disease over time

  • Means less time under anesthesia

  • Reduces need for more advanced and expensive treatment in the future

  • Can add up to 2-4 years to your pets life!



Dental disease is THE most common disease in dogs. Over 85% of cats and 92% of dogs over age 3 have periodontal disease. Don’t let your pet be a statistic. Schedule their appointment today!



What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning Appointment?



Pets should not eat after midnight the day prior to appointment.



A thorough professional pet dental cleaning can only be accomplished while under general anesthesia.  The anesthesia we use is safe for animals and your pet is monitored constantly while under anesthesia.   Prior to anesthesia, blood tests are performed to help uncover any hidden illnesses. 



A professional cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis) removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. Your pet's entire mouth health (teeth, tongue, gums and lips) will be examined and assessed. 



If an extraction (tooth pulling) is needed, we can do so safely with minimal discomfort to your pet during oral surgery. Our veterinarians will administer pain medications and antibiotics if necessary and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the incisions have healed. 



What Can I Do to Take Care of My Pet’s Dental Health At Home? 



While dry kibble is better at cleaning the teeth than the alternative canned foods, it is not the best way to prevent tartar build up. In addition, animals don’t chew as thoroughly as humans – their instinct is to eat quickly, not to savor each bite.



Chewing on bones or hides can also help to clean the teeth - we have numerous options and sizes available.  Regular brushing at home is the best way to consistently clean teeth. Pet toothbrushes, pastes, dental chews and dental treats and other pet dental products can be purchased at Wiliams Animal Clinic or can easily be ordered through Williams Animal Clinic's online store.



Call 574-6214 or request appointment online today!


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