We all know that a key to human health is maintaining good dental hygiene habits, but did you know that dental health is important to your pet’s overall health too? Dogs and cats also need dental care! At Richland Animal Hospital, our veterinary professionals are experienced in providing pet dental care.

Pet dentistry has become a standard practice of good veterinary care. One of the best things a pet owner can do to insure the overall health of their pet is to take their pet to the veterinarian for routine checking of their pet’s teeth and gums.

A pet with unhealthy teeth and gums runs the risk of toxin absorption into the blood stream. Bacteria, too, can invade the body through the blood stream by gaining entrance into the oral lesions. If the bacteria get a chance to settle and reproduce in the lining of the heart or heart valves, a serious condition may result called bacterial endocarditis. Kidney damage and joint problems are a common result of bacterial invasion through the unhealthy mouth.

One of the risks of neglecting your pet’s dental health is the development of gingivitis and plaque. If left untreated, the pet’s gingivitis and plaque would worsen over time – eventually cavities would develop in the teeth, and gingival recession and bacterial contamination would occur, resulting in loose teeth and root exposure.

At Richland Animal Hospital, we care for your pet’s total health. One of the services we offer is pet dentistry. We offer professional dental cleaning using an ultrasonic scaler, polish, and fluoride – the same tools your dentist may use. Dental procedures are performed in our office using the same anesthetic and monitoring protocols as our surgical patients receive. Don’t neglect this important aspect of your pet’s health – contact our office to set up a dental exam or cleaning for your pet today!