Did you know that your pet’s smile can provide crucial clues to their health? Hiding in your pet’s mouth can be some seriously dirty secrets. Studies show that, by age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. At advanced stages, dental disease can significantly impact a pet’s quality of life, making eating difficult due to mouth pain. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver, and kidney complications.
Regular dental checkups are key to keeping your pet comfortable and disease-free. They also save your pet years of pain and lost teeth.
Sunset Animal Hospital offers complete pet oral health services, including:
- Dental exams
- Annual dental cleanings
- Dental X-rays
Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Sunset Animal Hospital only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we require a routine blood test before the procedure.
Preventive Dental Care
Imagine if you never brushed your teeth. Not a pretty picture, right? The fact is, brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up.
If you’re interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth, our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. Some pets, of course, won’t tolerate brushing. In that case, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.
You can also help prevent severe oral problems by looking at your pet’s teeth from time to time, investigating bad smells, growths, and discolorations. If you’re uncertain about something you find, you can always bring your pet in for a quick assessment. Catching the problem early can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.
To make an appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at 707-425-4050.