February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Sleuth the Reporter Dog wants all his friends to know that even though dental disease is a big problem for our pets, taking shortcuts is not the answer. See what the Veterinary News Network has to say about Non-Anesthesia Pet Dentals.
1) More than 80% of pets over the age of three have some sort of dental disease.
2) Because of fears of anesthesia, many pet owners decline professional teeth cleanings for their pets. Instead, they turn to unlicensed and unsupervised lay people.
3) Non-anesthesia pet dentals (NAPD) involve simply restraining your pet and using a sharp metal tooth scaler to remove plaque and tartar from visible portions of the tooth.
4) Unfortunately, about 60% of our pet’s teeth lie under the gumline where these scalers can’t easily reach. Disease here is left untouched by these treatments.
5) Some pets have been injured and people have been bitten during this type of work. It is NOT an ideal situation for your pet.
6) Scaling the teeth in this manner may make the teeth look pretty, but they won’t be any healthier.
7) A regular, thorough dental examination by a veterinarian should be performed under anesthetic in order to fully examine all areas of the pet’s mouth. Dental x-rays can help find hidden problems and disease.
8) Our staff can help you find the right combination of at home care and professional services that will work to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy.
9) Many different diets, chew toys and brushing options are available.
10) For up-to-date and trusted pet health information, visit www.PetDocsOnCall.com.