Oral hygiene is just as important for your furry little one as it is for humans! Dental disease is a leading cause of kidney and heart disease in both cats and dogs. The bacteria from bleeding gums and abscessed teeth can get into your pet’s bloodstream and cause damage to their kidneys, hearts, and other organs.
This is why dental inspection is part of your pet’s annual visit and why, if there are any signs of trouble, we recommend cleanings. Research has shown that pets whose teeth are cleaned regularly live an average of 2 years longer.
When serious dental work is performed, we will discuss any other recommendations in our pre-op meeting. These may include a pre-op blood work, or heartworm test. If it is necessary, like in cases of tooth extractions, pain medications will be sent home, along with antibiotics if they have not already been given.