Important tips about non-anesthetic teeth cleaning
For many pet owners, the thought of having to put their loved one under anesthesia for routine dental cleaning is frightening. At Animal Healing Solutions, we believe in a holistic approach to pet dental cleaning that is a Non-Anesthetic process. If you live in the Altamonte Springs, Winter Park, Orlando area and would like to learn more about our animal care program reach out to us today or stop by our office in Altamonte Springs.
Signs your pet needs a cleaning
One of the first signs your pet requires cleaning is bad breath as that means bacteria is building up in their mouth. As with people, if the pet's teeth turn yellow or brown, too much tarter has built up and needs to be removed. If your pet gum’s start to bleed or the gums look inflamed, there could potentially be a bacteria infection. Finally, if you notice your pet pawing their mouths regularly, it could be a sign of discomfort of the gums.
An excellent option for older or sick dogs
Placing a dog or cat under general anesthesia if the dog is older or ill can be extremely dangerous and could even put their life at risk. If your dog and any liver, kidney, or heart problems, then it is essential to consider a non-anesthetic cleaning for your pet.
What to expect at your pet's cleaning?
A typical pet cleaning will take between 35-45 minutes. The pet is placed on its side so that it is comfortable. The procedure involves a manual scaling of the tooth surfaces. The teeth will be thoroughly polished to bring back the teeth's natural color. The vet will also apply a fluoride treatment that will prevent plaque from returning to the surface of the teeth.
How often should the pet's teeth be cleaned?
The frequency that a pet needs to come in to have its teeth cleaned depends on the individual animal. Smaller pets tend to have more teeth issues, so it is best to have smaller pets teeth cleaned more often than larger pets. Also, the pet's diet will impact the frequency. Dogs or cats that only eat soft food will need additional cleanings compared to pets who eat dry food. Pet owners should expect to have their pets' teeth cleaned at least once a year. Once the veterinarian has an opportunity to exam your pet, we provide a schedule for regular cleanings.
In between the cleanings, there are actions you can take at home to keep the pet's mouth healthy. There are many dental bones out there to help maintain a healthy mouth. You can also brush your dogs' teeth at home.
If you are interested in learning more about anesthesia-free teeth cleanings for your pet, please reach out to our pet Dental Hygienist:
Teresa Cardenas, RDH with Sparkling K9s at Animal Healing Solutions
Call: 407-949-4938 to setup an appointment