Going to the dentist may not be anyone’s idea of a great time, but it’s something that most of us accept as necessary.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. What many people fail to realize, however, is that dental care is just as important for our pets as it is for us – perhaps even more so. After all, we usually brush our teeth a couple of times each day. Unfortunately, our pets aren’t exactly up to the task of scrubbing those pearly whites on their own. And to further compound the issue, they can’t tell us if they have a tooth that is sore or if it hurts when they eat. Bringing your pet in at least once each year for pet dental care at our Matthews Animal Hospital is one of the best steps you can take to help your pet avoid the pain and discomfort of tooth and gum problems.
Why Pet Dental Care is Important
Scheduling dental appointments for your pets is about so much more than keeping the dreaded dog or cat breath at bay. Doing so is an important step in ensuring their long-term health and comfort. By the age of three, nearly 80% of dogs and cats suffer from some type of dental problem. Because their teeth are not cleaned regularly, they are prone to plaque buildup, tooth decay, gum disease, infections, and a wide range of related issues. When left untreated, dental problems can cause severe pain and discomfort, behavioral changes, lack of appetite, and even medical issues involving the kidneys or heart.
We also offer in-house dental X-rays making it easy to stay on top of your pet’s dental health. When it comes to pet oral health, we want the full picture of what is happening above and below the gumline. There is no better way to determine the extent of periodontal disease than by taking full-mouth dental X-rays. This process gives us a complete “picture” in more ways than one.
Affordable Pet Dental Care in Matthews and Indian Trail
When you bring your pet to us for dental care here in Matthews and Indian Trail, we conduct a thorough exam and cleaning under general anesthesia. This is safer for your companion and allows us to do a more thorough job. Your pet is constantly monitored while under anesthesia to ensure their safety. We can also perform extractions and other services as needed while your pet is asleep. Our goal is to help your pet live a more comfortable, healthy life by your side. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.