Most people regularly take their cat or dog to the vet’s office for a wellness exam to check if their pet is healthy. Just like with a wellness exam, your pet’s teeth and gums should be regularly examined to ensure your pet stays happy and without oral pain. The veterinary professionals at Valley Brook Veterinary Hospital in Fair Lawn, NJ are passionate about pet dental care and want to keep your pet as healthy as possible. Below, let's take a closer look at pet dental care.
Why is Pet Dental Care Important?
Your pets rely on their teeth for more than chewing. They use their teeth as a set of hands. Symptoms of many dangerous diseases, such as heart and liver disease, can first appear within your pet's mouth. If the gums are diseased, it is possible to spread to other teeth, quickly infecting the entire mouth. Tiny cuts and open sores within the mouth can invite bacteria into the body through the blood stream, creating a potentially dangerous situation for your pet.
What Should I Expect From a Dental Cleaning?
To perform a proper dentistry, your cat or dog will undergo anesthesia. Our veterinarians and nurses will take full mouth radiographs, assess every single tooth for disease, and clean and polish all the teeth under the gums. This will allow our veterinarians to identify any broken or damaged teeth. If a tooth appears to pose a future problem to your pet’s overall health, it may be extracted from the mouth.
How Can A Veterinarian Help?
Our veterinarians are able to identify if your pet has a condition that requires extra cleaning or extractions. Our veterinarians can help recommend best dental practices for your pet. For dogs, there are several toys and chews available to help clean your dog’s teeth. These chews are usually textured to help clean the spaces between the teeth and gums.
At Valley Brook Veterinary Hospital, we are passionate about the overall health of your pet. Our team of trained veterinary professionals will take care of your cat or dog as if he or she were one of our own. Our office is centrally located at 3-21 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn, NJ, 07410. To learn more about how we can help care for your pet's dental needs or to schedule a pet dental cleaning, call our veterinary hospital today at 201-796-5833.