We at Pine City Animal Hospital are very passionate about good dental health!
Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.
In spite of these facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet’s health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.
The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through professional cleanings. We perform thorough cleanings, including the area beneath the gums that you can’t see or access at home.
When a professional dental cleaning is performed on your pet, they are placed under a general anesthetic. Our skilled veterinary technicians inspect, chart, scale and polish each of your pets teeth. The they take over a dozen digital dental x-rays of your pet’s mouth. Many dental health issues lie below the visual surface and we are extremely proud to offer this tool for your pet’s oral care. The doctor will then perform an extensive examination of your pet’s mouth and their dental x-rays and will let you know if there are any concerns or if further treatment is necessary; such as extraction of any troublesome teeth.
If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at 320-629-7591 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.