Your pet is a member of your family and you want to keep them healthy and happy, and one of the best ways to do that is to practice good pet dental care. Periodontal disease is very common in both dogs and cats, and most will show some signs of it by the time they are three years old. Early detection and effective treatment are important to prevent more serious dental issues from developing. At the Blairs Ferry Pet Hospital of Cedar Rapids, IA we provide effective pet dentistry as part of our comprehensive veterinary services, always at the most affordable cost.
The Benefits Of Effective Pet Dentistry
Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy with preventive care and professional treatment can help to prevent broken and missing teeth and swollen painful gums that cause discomfort and can lead to poor eating habits. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause damage to other vital organs including the liver, heart, kidneys, and lungs. That’s why it’s important to schedule a complete dental cleaning and checkup with your vet at least annually.
Good Pet Dentistry Begins At Home
There are several ways to keep your pet’s teeth healthy and clean at home. Inspecting their teeth on a regular basis, looking for broken, loose, missing, or discolored teeth, excessive tartar buildup, exceptionally bad breath, and bleeding and/or swelling in the gums allows you to spot problems early. Refusing to eat and abnormal chewing are also warning signs of dental issues. Although it takes a little time and patience to get them used to it, daily brushing will help to keep their teeth clean just like it does your own. Special treats and pet chews are readily available to help prevent tartar buildup, and your vet can advise you on dental diets that promote good pet dental health.
Pet Dental Care at Its Best
The Blairs Ferry Pet Hospital is well equipped to provide the best in pet dental care. Our modern facility has a state-of-the-art surgical suite and complete diagnostic laboratory, along with the qualified and highly-trained staff. A regular dental checkup and cleaning require general anesthesia and a recovery period afterward. Expect your pet to be spending the whole day with us before they will be ready to go home. We provide the following dental services:
- Teeth Cleaning
- Dental X-Rays
- Tooth Extractions
- Oral Surgery
Your veterinarian will advise you on post-procedural care at home.