Pet owners seem to remember to take their pet for annual wellness visits to keep their animals up to date on routine health checks and vaccines. Often though, pet dental care goes by the wayside, usually only a concern when a problem presents itself. Pet dental care is vitally important to the overall health of your pet. The team at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital, located in Chadds Ford, PA, is passionate about pet dental care and we’re here to help answer some common questions you may have regarding the importance of pet dental care.
Why Pet Dental Care Is Important
Pets use their teeth for more than eating and chewing. To pets, the teeth are another set of hands that help to pick up and move objects. If your pet has any open sores or ulcers, the mouth and gums are a perfect location for dangerous bacteria to enter the body. Furthermore, many systemic diseases that impact the kidneys and heart can first be detected with issues occurring in the mouth. With regular pet dental care, it is possible to identify and stop the spread of potentially life-threatening diseases.
How a Veterinarian Can Help
The veterinarian can help work within your pet's mouth, taking care to inspect the teeth and gums. A vet will first clean the areas around the teeth and along the gum line. This will help to remove tartar and plaque build-up that can lead to gingivitis. The veterinarian will also examine your pet's teeth. If a tooth is damaged, the veterinarian may be able to fix the tooth or remove it entirely. Diseased teeth will also be removed to prevent the spread of the disease to otherwise healthy teeth.
What To Expect During a Pet Exam
For both the veterinarian and your pet to be safe during a dental exam, your pet will have to undergo light anesthesia. This will allow the vet to perform the work in your pet's mouth to the absolute best of the vet’s ability. Following your pet's dental exam, the vet may prescribe an antibiotic medication. This can help prevent the spread of bacteria in the mouth following a tooth removal. Your veterinarian may give you suggestions for care between dental exams. Water additives to help prevent plaque build-up and textured chew toys are a great way to help clean the teeth and gums between dental appointments.
Consult Our Local Vet for Pet Dental Care
The team at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital in Chadds Ford is passionate about pet dental care. We understand that the key to good overall health starts with a healthy mouth. If you would like to learn more about pet dental care or would like to set up an appointment, call a member of our team today at (610) 459-0500.