Healthy teeth and gums are an important aspect to your pet’s overall health. At Pembina Veterinary Hospital, we provide pet dental care in Winnipeg to keep your pet healthy for years to come. If you’ve noticed any tooth discolouration, red gums or other oral issues, it’s probably time to bring your pet in for a dental checkup. During this checkup the vet can assess the issues and determine what can be done to rectify them. Most often a dental cleaning is scheduled to remove plaque buildup, but in some cases a tooth may need to be removed.
Why Is It Important for My Pet to Have Routine Dental Checkups?
As humans, we know it’s important to have regular cleanings and checkups with our dentist. The same goes for dogs. Their teeth need to be clean and healthy to prevent plaque buildup, decay and infected gums. Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth at home will help prevent dental problems, but it is still important to schedule checkups and cleanings with your vet to ensure hard to reach areas are cleaned. Pet dental care in Winnipeg is important for all of the following reasons:
Resulting Problems from Improper Pet Dental Care
Neglecting proper dental care for your pet can lead to many larger health concerns. Without regular cleanings and checkups, your pet’s entire mouth can become unhealthy leading to the growth of unfavorable bacteria, red, swollen sores on gums and inner lips, exposure of roots and plaque buildup. This is not only painful for your pet, but can also lead to other health problems if bacteria enters the bloodstream through oral sores. Once in the blood stream, these bacteria can settle in the heart lining and valves leading to a serious condition called bacterial endocarditis. Kidney damage and joint problems can also result.
How Can I Tell if My Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning?
Dental diseases are very common in pets, which is why it is important to keep a close eye on the health of your pet’s teeth and gums. The signs of dental diseases can be subtle, but are still noticeable. Examine your pet’s teeth and look for any yellow or brown discolouration. This is usually a sign that there is tartar buildup on the surface of the teeth. If gums appear to be swollen, thickened or red, gingivitis may also be present. Any of these signs indicate that it is time for a dental checkup or cleaning. Give us a call for more information about the pet dental services we offer Winnipeg or to book an appointment for your furry family member.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
Before a dental cleaning, your pet will be required to complete an overnight fast to prepare them for anesthesia. Your pet will be completely unconscious during the procedure to ensure all areas can be cleaned thoroughly. The veterinarian will monitor your pet’s blood pressure, breathing and heart rate throughout the procedure to ensure they are responding well to the anesthetic. Once all of the tooth surfaces are clean, your pet will slowly recover from the anesthetic and will be monitored for several hours before being discharged.