Regular dental cleanings are an important part of your pet’s health care. Painful gum disease is a very common, but often overlooked problem for pets. Tartar can build up on teeth causing bacteria to spread into the bloodstream and cause damage to internal organs, specifically the heart and kidneys. Heart murmurs are often due to dental bacteria that has gone into the bloodstream and infected the valves of the heart. Kidney failure in middle-aged pets is also frequently due to infected gums and teeth. Additionally, dental infections are often quite painful to pets.
Proper dental care can be easily achieved with routine dental cleanings and follow up home care. At our hospitals, cleanings and polishing are done using state-of-the-art dental equipment. Prior to your pet’s dental cleaning, pre-anesthetic blood work, and often, an electrocardiogram are taken to ensure your pet’s wellbeing and alert the doctor to the presence of any pre-existing conditions such as dehydration, diabetes, heart, kidney, or liver disease that could complicate the procedure.