We love doing pet dentistry here at Campus Commons Pet Hospital. It is very rewarding to clean a pet’s teeth. When extractions are needed, the pet usually feels much better afterwards and it a joy to hear the owner say the pet is acting much younger at home. Our dentistry services are very competitively priced and we have many things in place to ensure a safe, effective procedure. We know that both price and safety weigh heavily on an owner’s mind.
Most pet owners already know that dental cleaning is important to a pet’s good health. While pain, bad breath and difficulty eating can be obvious side effects of bad teeth, there are other, more deadly consequences of poor dental care.
In the mid 1980’s when Dr. Patton was in veterinary school, she was taught how to treat congestive heart failure. This is a disease in which the heart valves do not close properly and fluid builds up in the lungs and/or abdomen. It is usually the cause of the pet’s eventual death. At that time, many small dogs were diagnosed with congestive heart failure and it was looked upon as something that “just happened” to pets due to old age. During her medical training, Dr. Patton did a focused project on dentistry and learned about the effects that cleaning teeth has on overall heart health. As it turns out, the bacteria from the periodontal disease in dogs was being absorbed into the blood stream and it was landing on the heart valves of these dogs, causing them to become infected and scar, and ultimately leading to congestive heart failure.
In the decades since veterinarians began doing more pet dentistry, the incidences of congestive heart failure have dropped significantly. However, this still remains a potential danger for your dog if he or she has poor dental health. For cats, poor dental health can cause issues such as periodontal disease, feline stomatitis (severe inflammation and ulceration of the mouth) and fractured teeth.
At Campus Commons, pets receive bloodwork before being sedated to be sure they are able to handle the anesthesia. During the actual dentistry procedures, the pet is monitored for oxygen levels in the blood and various other parameters, and an IV catheter and fluids are used, along with a warming blanket. We use the safest inhalant anesthesia currently in the market.
What To Look For In Your Pet
Here are a few of the signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:
• Bad breath — usually the first telltale sign
• Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
• Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
• Dropping food from the mouth
• Hesitancy eating
• Bleeding from the mouth
• Loss of appetite or weight loss
If you think your pet needs dental care, contact us today and book an appointment for a consultation. Regular annual wellness exams will help with early detection of any dental issues before the actually become a painful or more serious issue for your pet.