Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty frightening, right? As you can guess, things would soon start to go very bad inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, gums would become inflamed and painful, then infected. You might have trouble eating or loose teeth. Bacteria from periodontal disease could eventually travel into your bloodstream and cause other serious health problems.
It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them for a dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.
Big Thompson Animal Hospital offers complete pet oral health services, including:
- Dental exams
- Dental cleanings/polishing
- Dental X-rays
- Tooth extractions
- Minor oral surgery
Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Big Thompson Animal Hospital only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we do require a routine blood test before the procedure.