Keeping Mouths Happy and Healthy
Wouldn’t it be nice if pets could brush their own teeth? Of course, that’s not possible, which is why it’s up to you and veterinary professionals to maintain your pet’s dental health for them. More than half of all dogs and cats have some level of gum disease by the time they’re just 3 years of age. In its most advanced stage, this disease can affect a pet’s internal organs, putting their life at risk.
Here at Primary Care Animal Hospital in Arroyo Grande, we place a strong emphasis on prevention when it comes to pets’ oral health. Our goal is to lower the number of pets affected by gum disease in any way we can while meeting the highest possible standards in veterinary dental medicine. With our professional pet dental services, combined with diligent at-home care, you can lower or even eliminate your pet’s risk of gum disease.
About Your Pet’s Dental Visit
Our veterinary dental suite was designed with your pet’s safety and comfort in mind, so you can have peace of mind when your companion is in our care. Because we’re an AAHA-accredited practice, we abide by strict guidelines with our dental services. This includes our requirement for pre-anesthetic blood work for all of our dental and surgical patients. Your pet’s blood work allows us to rule out any underlying health issues and to customize the anesthesia process for your pet.
Signs of Gum Disease
Knowing the signs of gum disease in pets can help you be more proactive about your dog’s or cat’s oral health. The following is a list of some of the most common signs to look for:
- Loose teeth
- Brownish-yellow tartar buildup along the gum line
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
If you’ve noticed any of these signs, or if it’s just been a while since your pet’s been to the vet, give us a call at 805-489-4307 to schedule an appointment. You can also use our convenient online form.