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Pet Dental Care

Pet Dental Care

Your dog or cat's teeth requires care from you and our veterinarian to keep them in the best condition possible. Contact Barrow Veterinary Hospital in Winder if pet dental assistance is necessary. This includes routine cleanings as well as emergency care. Read on to learn why pet dental care is important, how to clean your pet's teeth at home, and what our vet will do for your pet's teeth during their appointment.

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Why Pet Dental Care Is Important

If you do not take the time to clean and check your pet's teeth on a routine basis, there is a risk of medical difficulties that can arise as a result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing your pet's teeth removes bacteria from their surfaces. If this is allowed to remain in place, it will harden into plaque and tartar. This is more difficult to remove and will eventually make its way underneath your pet's gumline. When this happens, gingivitis usually occurs. These cause pain and bleeding in the mouth. If the teeth are still not treated, periodontal disease will settle in. This causes tooth loss.

How to Clean Your Pet's Teeth

At home, you can take the initiative in cleaning your pet's teeth to aid in keeping medical conditions at bay. Take a trip to a pet supply store or check out online businesses where you can purchase a pet toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothpaste for dogs and cats usually tastes like meat or fish. Place a small dab on the brush and rub it across your pet's teeth after they have finished a meal. This will remove bacteria from their teeth effectively. A pet that does not care for the process may warm up to the idea in time. Tartar control treats can be given to your pet as an additional means for keeping teeth clean.

How Our Veterinarian Provides Pet Dental Care

Our veterinarian will conduct an evaluation of your pet’s overall health for any ailments that require treatment. If there are any issues with your pet's teeth, she will recommend a dental cleaning (prophylaxis). During a dental cleaning, pets are put under general anesthesia. This is also done to make sure that both your pet and the vet team are safe. Our vet will scale away tartar and plaque from your pet's teeth during a cleaning session. They may also make recommendations regarding your pet's diet if excessive decay is noticed. If there is excessive decay, a tooth may need to be removed to make sure that there is no further decay, damage or pain. This process is done under general anesthesia so your pet will be comfortable.

If your dog or cat requires pet dental care, contact Barrow Veterinary Hospital in Winder to make an appointment with our veterinarian for an assessment or to alert our practice if emergency care is needed. Call us at 770-867-6134 for more information.