Often times we will overlook our pets teeth. We as pet owners may think that everything is just fine in our dogs mouth until they start showing signs of pain or not eating. Your pets teeth are just as important to them as your teeth are to you, so its important to keep their teeth just as clean.
At PetsVet Animal Hospital, our doctor's and staff routinely perform dental cleaning and oral surgery on a daily basis. When you bring your pet in for an exam, light plaque or tartar can be removed by hand very easily in the exam room and without anesthesia. However, a full dental may be required and the extraction of broken or rotting teeth will require anesthesia and pain medication.
Severe dental disease and gingivitis can cause other health issues for your pet. As in humans, poor dental hygiene can lead to lead to bleeding gums, which can open up the bloodstream highway for bacteria to enter and travel throughout the body. This bacteria, if gone undetected and untreated, can infect your pet's vital organs and cause severe health issues that may include infection and may lead to death.