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Pet Dental Care FAQ

FAQs About Pet Dental Care

While you may understand the importance of regular dental exams for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, did you know how integral dental care is for your pet’s overall health and well-being? Your pet can experience several dental issues that significantly impact its quality of life. South Fraser Animal Hospital in Abbotsford, BC, is here to answer frequently asked questions about pet dental care to help you understand the importance of proper oral hygiene.

Pet Dental Care FAQs

Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?

Similarly to humans, pets require regular dental care to maintain good overall health and well-being. Poor dental health can lead to discomfort, pain, and difficulty eating in pets. Dental concerns like periodontal disease or decayed teeth can even lead to significant health complications. Early detection and treatment through routine exams help maintain your pet’s health and well-being.

What Does a Pet Dental Exam Involve?

A dental exam is a complete examination of your pet’s mouth, teeth, and gums. Our veterinarians will check for signs of dental diseases, such as tartar buildup, gum inflammation, or tooth decay. Dental exams may include X-rays to assess the health of your pet’s teeth below the gumline. Our veterinarians will then clean and polish your pet’s teeth during an exam to remove plaque and tartar buildup.

What Are Signs My Pet Needs Dental Attention?

Many pet owners may be unaware of signs their furry friend is dealing with dental health issues. Your pet may require an examination and treatment from your vet near you if it has any of the following:

•             Bad breath: While some level of odor is not an immediate cause for concern, persistent bad breath can signify tartar buildup or gum disease.

•             Difficulty eating: Your pet may be experiencing dental pain if it seems reluctant to chew or eats only using one side of its mouth.

•             Loose or bleeding gums: Healthy gums should be pink and firm. Inflammation, bleeding, or loose teeth are all reasons for concern.

•             Pawing at the face: Your pet may have dental pain or discomfort if it paws at the face.

What Dental Treatments Are Available for Pets?

Our veterinarians offer several dental treatments to alleviate oral health issues in pets. These may include professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar, tooth extractions for severely damaged or infected teeth, and treatment for gum disease or oral infections. Our veterinarians will recommend the most appropriate treatment based on your pet's condition.

Protect Your Pet’s Dental Health Today by Visiting South Fraser Animal Hospital

Ensure your pet receives the dental care it needs by scheduling a visit with your “vet near you” at South Fraser Animal Hospital in Abbotsford, BC. Our experienced veterinarians provide comprehensive pet dental care, including exams, cleanings, and treatments for dental health issues. Call us to schedule an appointment at (604) 855-0770 to give your pet the gift of a healthy smile.


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