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Pet Dentistry FAQ
Is your pet among the 80% of pets that suffer from periodontal disease? How can you tell? If you have questions about pet dental health and our pet dentistry procedures, we have answers!
If you do not see your questions here, call our Sarasota veterinarian and pet dentistry professional today at 941-923-3100!
Why is pet dentistry so important?
Because plaque (which all pets develop each day) inevitably becomes cement-like tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing or munching on a dental treat. This tartar is a magnet for inflammatory bacteria that attack the gums. Under attack, the gums get swollen, bleed and pull away from the teeth, opening up spaces where the bacteria can pour in and attack the roots, jawbone and enter the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, these bacteria can actually damage the heart, kidneys and liver. Our Sarasota veterinarian can remove the tartar and stop the damage.
How can I tell if my pet has dental problems?
Symptoms of pet dental disease include excessively stinky breath, swollen and bleeding gums, discomfort or reluctance to eat, blood on chew toys, etc. Some pets, however, show none of these symptoms while still suffering problems, so do not forgo the regular checkup!
Does pet dental work require anesthesia?
Yes; because even the most relaxed pet does not easily lie still for an in-depth dental cleaning with sharp dental tools. In order for us to scale away all of the tartar, polish the teeth to prevent plaque buildup and address any deeper pet dental problems, we will follow the same stringent anesthesia protocols we follow for any pet surgery to ensure your pet’s safety, comfort and that we can do the most thorough cleaning possible.
How often should my pet go in for a dental exam and cleaning?
Pet should have an annual pet dentistry appointment and pet owners should brush their pets’ teeth each day.
Do pets need antibiotics before a pet teeth cleaning session?
Some do and some do not. If your pet is otherwise healthy and has a strong immune system, antibiotics are not necessary. If your pet suffers from any disease or condition that weakens his or her immune system, then we will prescribe antibiotics.
I have been told that my pet needs a tooth extraction. Why?
Decaying teeth can spread infection to other teeth and tissues if they are not treated or removed. We will discuss all of your pet’s options in an attempt to save teeth whenever possible.
Do fractured teeth need to be treated if my pet is not in pain?
In order to prevent bacterial invasion of the roots and other tissues, fractured teeth should be treated. Prompt attention can prevent pain for your pet.
Will my pet be able to enjoy crunchy kibble and biscuits again after an extraction?
Yes—most pets can enjoy their favorite foods again after a two-week recovery period.
More questions? Just ask: 941-923-3100!