An important factor in helping pets live longer, healthier lives is dental care. Did you know that 85% of pets over the age of 3 years have dental disease? Bad teeth and gums not only give pets bad breath and a painful mouth, they can also make them awfully sick.
Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been shown to lead to heart, kidney, and liver disease. Illnesses involving these important organs can shorten your pet’s life considerably.
At Yellowhead Veterinary Clinic we have a four-way defense against bad teeth. Regular brushing prevents the dental plaque from forming dental calculus and helps prevent sore gums. Preventative home dental care consultations, instructions and supplies are available at the clinic.
For pets who do not like having their teeth brushed, we can work with you to find alternative options that fit your pet’s comfort and needs. These may include Veterinarian approved dental treats, water additives, oral gels, or other products that contain enzymes that kill plaque and bacteria.
We also carry special diets that are specifically designed to prevent tarter build up, and our trained staff members can help you to decide which dental plan is best for your pet’s dietary and dental needs!
Our last defense against bad teeth is a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment. With your pet under general anesthetic, a complete dental exam and dental radiographs provide our doctors with the full story of what is happening underneath the gumline. Extractions are performed if necessary, and the teeth are then cleaned with an ultrasonic scaling machine and polished smooth. After cleaning, the teeth are given a fluoride treatment.
If you have any questions on preventative dental care, please contact our team for more information, or to set up a consultation!