Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in Bellevue:
Keeping Teeth and Gums Healthy
In many ways good pet dental care equates to good health overall. When our pet’s teeth are neglected, the same dental issues that can strike us strike them. Accumulated plaque can turn into hardened tartar that carries bacteria. Their gums can become inflamed from this bacteria and then disease and decay can set in. Furthermore, our pet’s shorter lifespan doesn’t make routine cat and dog teeth cleaning any less relevant. In fact, it may be even more so, since many pets show signs of gum disease as young as three years old and in extreme cases bacteria can spread to major organs when left untreated. At Kraft Mobile Veterinary Services, we make every effort to further our patient’s health, including preventing and treating gum disease and decay. If you live anywhere in Snohomish or North King County, call us at (425) 482-6345 for a complete physical and oral exam for your pet at your doorstep.
About the Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning
After your pet’s first year of life when they require more frequent veterinary visits, once a year is typically adequate to give preventive care and check-up on your pet’s oral health. During the wellness exam, one thing we do is evaluate your pet’s teeth and look for signs like brownish tartar buildup along the gum line, bad breath, or swollen gums. If we notice any of these signs, we typically recommend a cat or dog teeth cleaning. The teeth cleaning consists of cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler, above and below the gum line; polishing; and tooth extractions if necessary. Since a professional cat or dog teeth cleaning requires that pets be put under anesthesia, we typically recommend bloodwork beforehand. This gives us a chance to check for any underlying conditions that could interfere with anesthesia. If you have any questions about cat and dog teeth cleaning and our safety measures, don’t hesitate to call us at (425) 482-6345.
At-Home Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning Recommendations
In every case, the best treatment is always prevention and at-home oral pet care can make a big impact. Also during any wellness exam, we can provide at-home cat and dog teeth cleaning recommendations to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy between appointments. If you have a new puppy or kitten, brush their teeth daily and reward them with treats (oral health ones of course) afterward. It may take older pets a little longer to get used to having their teeth brushed, but persistence is key. When looking for at-home oral pet products, look for ones approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. Products awarded the seal of approval from the VOHC have shown their effectiveness at improving or maintaining pet dental care. For an extensive list of at-home oral pet products, visit vohc.org.