Dental disease is a leading health issue of dogs and cats. Left untreated, dental disease can impact your pet's immune system, reducing her ability to fight off infection. It can also cause mouth pain, loss of teeth, as well as heart and kidney disease.
All pets benefit from a professional teeth cleaning and many dogs and cats will need their teeth cleaned annually. Dental procedures are scheduled like a surgery appointment. General anesthesia is required for the procedure in accordance with AAHA guidelines to do a comprehensive cleaning. Anesthesia allows a thorough cleaning under the gums where 60% of the tartar and plaque are located, as well as providing some pain relief during the procedure. Gehrman Animal Hospital has digital dental radiology which gives greater detail and efficiency to the dental x-rays. All of our DVM's and CVT's have extensive training in dental prophylaxis, surgical extractions and peridontal disease management to provide the BEST dental care available!
Warning signs of dental disease:
- Bad breath
- Loose or missing teeth
- Red or swollen gums
- Difficulty eating
- Bleeding gums