The dirty truth behind your pet’s pearly – or not so pearly – whites is the fact that most pets are suffering from some form of periodontal, or dental disease, by the time they reach three years of age. Dental health isn’t just about dog or cat breath, your pet’s teeth are key to their overall well-being.
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. Keeping up with the cleanliness of your pet’s mouth and their overall dental health can prevent years of discomfort and lost teeth.
At Mercer Street Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians and technicians regularly perform anesthetized teeth cleanings using ultrasonic cleaning instruments, as well as digital radiology, assessment of tooth and gum health, and extractions.
Anesthesia is of great importance when it comes to anything having to do with your pet’s teeth. In fact, both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) consider cleaning a companion animal’s teeth without general anesthesia unacceptable. That’s why we make sure at Mercer Street Veterinary Hospital to perform only anesthetic dentals and other procedures, which always begins with blood work to verify that your pet is well enough for anesthesia.
If it’s been more than a year since your pet’s last dental exam or cleaning, give us a call at (206) 285-0395. Our team will turn that frown upside down!