National Pet Day is April 11th. As pet parents, we want to make sure our pets are safe, healthy, and happy. Maintaining your pet’s dental health is crucial to their overall health. If you notice bright red gums, tartar buildup, excessive drooling or bad breath, you should visit your veterinarian to discuss a professional dental cleaning.
Many pet owners are hesitant about their pets getting a dental cleaning because the procedure requires general anesthesia. The American Veterinary Dental College recommends that pets undergo general anesthesia for several reasons. It helps ensure the safety and comfort of your pet while the cleaning and oral examination takes place. Anesthesia also gives the hygienist the ability to perform x-rays of the teeth to detect any problems beneath the gum-line. It’s also important to remember that the risks of general anesthesia are much lower than those of dental disease, which can include tooth loss, damage to the jaw, and even widespread infection in the kidneys, liver and heart.
After your pet’s dental cleaning, it’s important to start your pet on a preventative dental care routine. Tartar Shield Pet Products are clinically proven to prevent plaque, tartar, gingivitis and bad breath and will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy and disease-free.