Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Dental Care in Vancouver, BC
Did you know that pet dental care is as important to your pet's health as any other type of veterinary care? With regular dental care, you can avoid gum disease and other threats to your pet's health. Dr. Dhunna and our team at 1st Ave Animal Hospital in Vancouver understand your concerns for your pet's well-being. We have gathered a few of the questions that we run into regarding pet dental care.
Do Pets Really Need Preventative Dental Care?
Pets need dental care just like humans. We recommend preventative care to identify issues like bleeding gums, broken teeth, periodontal disease, and infections. These are problems that impact not only your pet's teeth but also his or her overall health and wellness. Gum disease and other dental issues are quite common, and the disease can spread throughout your pet's mouth and even to other parts of the body. These problems are easier to treat when the vet detects them early.
What Are the Signs a Pet Has Dental Problems?
A variety of signs may indicate that your pet should see a veterinarian for dental care. The most common signs include:
- Bad breath
- Lack of appetite
- Excess saliva
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty chewing
If you suspect that your pet is in pain, schedule an appointment with a vet right away.
How Often Do Pets Need Dental Care?
Pets benefit from annual checkups as part of their regular wellness exams. Pets that are at a higher risk for dental issues should come in more often, and some pets may also need dental cleanings about once per year. Some pets need to undergo cleanings more often, and others may need to have some teeth removed.
Will My Pet Be Sedated for the Dental Cleaning?
Our veterinarian can provide a more thorough dental examination and cleaning when the animal is sedated. While your pet is under anesthesia, the veterinarian will inspect your pet's teeth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. Your pet will wake up with clean teeth and teeth removed as necessary. We will consult you before removing any teeth.
Get Quality Pet Dental Care in Vancouver
Dr. Dhunna and our team at 1st Ave Animal Hospital provide a variety of veterinary services for pets in Vancouver. Dental care for pets is about more than just a pretty smile since many dental problems lead to other issues elsewhere in the body. If it has been a while since your dog or cat has received a checkup, call our team today at (604) 254-5480 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.