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Pet Dental Care FAQs

Pet Dental Care FAQs

At Animal Clinic of Honolulu, we provide a wide variety of veterinary services for our furry patients. Many pet owners who bring their pets in for dental services often have some of the same questions, so we thought it would be helpful to gather them together. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about pet dental care.

How Common Are Pet Dental Problems?

Did you know that nearly three out of every four pets will experience a periodontal disease by the time they turn five years old? Not only can it cause medical issues in the gums and possible tooth loss, but the bacteria can also get into the bloodstream affecting significant organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys.

What Symptoms May Indicate a Dental Care Problem?

You may notice many signs that may cause concern and as a result, may require veterinary care. Your pet could have red or bleeding gums, a reluctance to chew on things, or even cracked or loose teeth. Ignoring any of these symptoms can lead to further complications such as swelling, tooth loss, pain, and other severe side effects.

How Often Should A Pet Get Its Teeth Cleaned?

Just like humans, good oral health for pets is about preventative measures. Some factors will depend on your pet's needs, such as lifestyle and diet habits or pre-existing health conditions. Generally, pets should get their teeth cleaned at least once a year by a qualified veterinarian. There are also products on the market that can be used at home to help maintain your pet’s dental care between vet visits.

Why Is Anesthesia Used to Clean A Pet's Teeth?

Proper cleaning cannot be done with a pet that will likely exhibit anxiety about the cleaning. Special equipment is used for scaling and polishing your pet's teeth. More importantly, deep cleaning under your pet's gum line and getting dental radiographs is nearly impossible with a pet who is awake.

Schedule A Pet Dental Exam in Honolulu Today!

If you’re concerned about your pet’s dental care and you live in or around Honolulu, call Animal Clinic of Honolulu today at (808) 734-0255 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

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