Why Does My Pet Need ‘a Dental?’


Dogs and cats accumulate plaque on their teeth just like we do. Excessive plaque compromises the gum-tooth margin and then bacteria invade the space and cause dental disease. Unless stopped at its earliest stages, the damage of dental disease is irreparable.


Great Information on Dental Disease by the American Veterinary Dental College


Does My Dog Have Dental Disease? Does My Cat have Dental Disease


Flip the lip and find out. Watch the video below for insight into what the vets at East Side Animal Hospital look for. Healthy gums in both dogs and cats have a shiny, coral color. Gingivitis looks like a bright red line where the gum meets the tooth. In some advanced stages of disease, the entire gum will be red or worse bleeding and pussy. Chronic smelly breath is also sign of moderate to advanced dental disease.


It’s More Than Just Bad Breath


If you noticed a red, inflamed patch of skin on your dog or cat, would you allow it to go untreated? What if you believed that your pet had an infection in its eye or its ear? You would take action, right? You’d be a responsible pet parent and help your pet get healthy again.


Dental disease is the same…probably worse, because unlike the skin, which does a good job at walling off disease from the rest of the body, infected gums allow bacteria to seep into the blood stream and create a chronic infection for your pet’s immune system to fight. Dental disease can even cause secondary, more serious issues with your pet’s liver or kidneys. Additional eye, nose, ear and sinus issues can all crop up as a secondary problem linked to oral infection.


Why Does My Dog Drop Food On the Floor?

Why does my cat drop food on the floor when it eats?

Dental disease or other sources of oral pain can often cause dogs or cats to drop their food while eating. Other dogs or cats experiencing oral pain will only chew one side of their mouth. This sort of pain, and any infection related to it, is progressive and damaging. It must be treated professionally.


Why Does My Pet Have To Have Anesthesia To Have Its Teeth Cleaned?


Firstly, anesthesia at East Side Animal Hospital is as safe as it can possibly be. The anesthetic agents used at our practice are human-grade and the safest on the market. Secondly, all anesthetized patients have their own dedicated nurse and are under the direct supervision of Dr. Manning or Dr. Shelby from the beginning of their procedure throughout their safe recovery. Lastly, we measure vital signs continuously throughout all of our anesthestic procedures. There can be no change in respiration, blood pressure, oxygen levels or heartbeat without our immediate knowledge.


But to answer the initial question, your pet has to be under anesthesia to have its teeth cleaned because it won’t say ‘ah’. When you’re at the dentist, you can respond to commands to open wide; your dog or cat is less compliant. Anesthesia allows us to thoroughly examine every tooth (and we do examine every tooth!), take x-rays of the entire mouth to look for disease below the gumline, and to thoroughly scale away all signs of dental plaque and tarter.


Pet’s With Clean Teeth Live Healthier Lives


To encourage all New York pet owners to provide preventative oral care to their pets, East Side Animal Hospital offers affordable teeth cleaning for dogs and cats in the New York City metro area. To see if your pet qualifies, please click the link below.

Alternatively, you can call our practice. Thanks for your interest in East Side and our midtown east veterinary practice.

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