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Does your dog or cat have inoffensive breath, or could they clear a room with one yawn? Studies have shown that by just 3 years of age, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease. Oral disease not only reduces quality of life and comfort for your pet, but also can lead to severe infection and heart issues that can cost thousands to address and can significantly shorten a pet’s lifespan. Fortunately, Fairgrounds Animal Hospitals provides full canine and feline dentistry, including exams, teeth cleanings and other routine dental care for pets in Reno, NV.

The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) recommends pet owners work with their veterinarians to create an at-home dental care regimen that may include brushing your pet’s teeth.

Common signs of oral disease include:

  • foul breath
  • plaque and tartar build up on the gumline
  • red, swollen gums
  • trouble chewing or chewing on one side
  • pawing at the mouth and apparent oral discomfort
  • excessive drooling
  • loss of appetite

Dentistry for Pets

The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) recommends pet owners work with their veterinarians to create an at-home dental care regimen that may include brushing your pet’s teeth.

Less common signs may indicate more severe infection or disease, and can include:

  • sneezing
  • facial swelling under the eye
  • loose teeth or teeth falling out
  • bleeding from the mouth

Other concerns:

  • fractured/broken teeth
  • feline oral resorptive lesions in cats
  • abscessed roots

While some things like broken teeth are accidents we can’t foresee, we still have good news for pets and their owners. Though prevalent, oral disease is largely preventable, and preventative dental care is relatively inexpensive! The right preventative dental plan varies between patients, so finding what works for you takes a little effort and planning. The veterinarians and staff at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital offers full canine and feline dentistry, and are ready to help you every step of the way to ensure your pet has a healthy smile at every stage of a long, happy life!

What is the best way to protect your pet’s oral health?

Just like us, pets benefit most from regular toothbrushing! Toothbrushing habits can be established at almost any age, but ideally we start young. Also ideal is daily brushing, but even 2-3 times per week will make a huge difference in preventing severe oral disease and slowing the progression of plaque and tartar build up. Fairgrounds Animal Hospital has a variety of tasty toothpastes to aid in making toothbrushing more pleasant for your pet.

Some pets, despite their owner’s best efforts, will not tolerate tooth brushing. This can leave owners feeling frustrated—but never fear! Fairgrounds Animal Hospital offers many alternatives that will still help prevent plaque, tartar, and dental disease from harming your pet’s oral health. We offer complimentary dental consultations to answer any questions owners may have about dental care, and to help our patients establish a solid preventative dental care plan that fits their needs and lifestyles.

What if your pet already has dental disease that brushing alone won’t reverse?

As previously mentioned, dental disease in dogs and cats 3 years old and over is very common, but it is treatable with dental cleaning and tooth extraction when needed. After a cleaning, a preventative dental care routine can be established to avoid future issues. Treatment costs much less and is very successful when implemented in the early stages of dental disease, so catching what we call a Stage 1 case of dental disease and performing a cleaning is relatively inexpensive—especially compared to the thousands it costs to extract many teeth!

Just like humans need dental cleaning and scaling every 6 months, some pets need cleanings every year or so despite having dedicated owners who brush their teeth often. Pets who do not have any preventative dental care after a cleaning are more likely to need another cleaning in a year or less. At Fairgrounds Animal Hospital, we offer complimentary dental exams to give you a good idea what dental care is needed and provide you with a customized treatment plan that will establish a range of cost if your pet needs a cleaning which may or may not involve potential extractions, so you can plan ahead!

Call and schedule a complimentary dental exam with us today!