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Pet Dental FAQ

At Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital, we know that the information surrounding pet dental care can be confusing for pet owners. Following are the answers to questions our veterinarian frequently receives regarding dental care for dogs and cats.

Are Dental Problems in Cats and Dogs Preventable?

While hereditary factors and age can play a role in dental problems, many are preventable. The best way to avoid serious dental problems is to bring your pet in for a cleaning once a year.

What is Periodontal Disease? 

Periodontal disease is an infection in the mouth of the pet that is caused by a bacteria build-up. As a result, the dental plaque builds up which will turn into tartar and infect the gums. Once the gums are infected, it can be excruciating for the pet and lead to tooth loss.

What Are the Signs of Poor Dental Health?

It is critical to know what to look for to handle dental issues before they become too bad. Some signs of dental problems are bad breath, loose teeth, discoloration, difficulty eating, and pawing at the mouth. If you suspect your dog or cat has an issue, reach out to our animal hospital to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

How Can I Keep My Pets’ Teeth Healthy at Home? 

While your pets' annual cleaning is critical for their dental health, there are steps you can take at home to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Brushing at home is a great way to help keep tartar from building up. In addition, there are plenty of treats out there that can contribute to good dental hygiene.

Why Does My Pet Need to Be Anesthetized during the Cleaning?

While we know having your pet be put under is stressful, this is the best way to clean the pet's teeth. Anesthesia allows our veterinarian to clean all parts of the gums, which would not be possible if your pet was awake.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care 

Call Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital today at (540) 373-6100 for more information on pet dental care or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.


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