Importance of Pet Dental Health
Just like humans, our four-legged fur friends require preventative dental care, and our veterinarians will make sure they get it. At Renton Veterinary Hospital, we treat patients and their beloved pets just like our own family.
We know how important it is to protect your pet’s oral health and treat dental problems as they occur. We offer dental care for dogs and cats, including dental exams, dental cleanings, injury treatment, and dental disease care.
Why is pet dental care so critical?
Your pets depend on their pearly whites to eat, fetch, play, groom, and more. Their dental health is directly related to their quality of life, so owners must stay on top of routine dental care. Since pets cannot communicate discomfort or pain as easily as humans can, it’s essential to have our professionals routinely take a look at their teeth.
Good oral hygiene prevents most painful and uncomfortable dental problems, ranging from tooth loss to more serious dental diseases and injuries. By keeping your pet’s teeth clean and bringing them in for regular exams, they can avoid painful and inconvenient consequences (not to mention thousands of dollars in vet bills) later in life.
What are the signs and symptoms of dental problems?
All pets need regular dental exams, but if your pet is already showing signs of a possible dental problem, it’s very important to come in as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common pet dental problems that require attention from our vet:
- Bad breath
- Broken teeth
- Loose teeth
- Refusal to eat
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Swelling around the mouth
- Abnormal chewing
- Dropping food while eating
- Abnormal drooling
- Discolored teeth
- Teeth coated in tartar
- Extra teeth
If your pet shows any of these symptoms, call today to make an appointment with our veterinarian. Some pets may even become irritable when they have dental problems. Any changes in your pet’s behavior should prompt a visit to your veterinarian. Always be careful when evaluating your pet’s mouth because an animal in pain may bite.
We will closely examine your pet’s mouth before scheduling a more thorough dental exam and cleaning. During this exam, your pet will be under anesthesia to reduce stress, pain, and injury risks, as we will examine their mouth and fully clean, scale, and polish each tooth.
If you have any questions about our services or to book an appointment, please get in touch with us today at (425) 255-8676.