Starting Good Dental Habits Early Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning

By Tamara Kees

Brushing your pet’s teeth is the first step for dental care for your pet.

Good pet dental care is as important for our pets as it is for us, and starting early makes it a healthy habit your dog or cat is far more likely to tolerate!

Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning is Important! Good Pet Dental Care Will Help Keep Your Pet Healthy!!!

For puppies and kittens, starting out with quick sessions can be a good way to gently introduce the idea of brushing. Using tuna juice or pet toothpaste on a little piece of gauze with your finger at first, and then working up to a toothbrush as your pet gets used to the concept is a good, gradual way to go. Rewarding with a lot of praise and treats also positively reinforces the experience! Brushing only really needs to be done for about 30 seconds each side, in 5-10 second chunks. The sides of the teeth facing the cheek are what you primarily should focus on, since the tongue constantly rubs that inner surface of the teeth. Brushing every day is optimal, but even brushing 3 times a week will make a huge difference in oral health. With practice, consistency, and patience, many pets come to tolerate brushing very well—and some really enjoy it! Continue…

Your Pet’s Consultation for Cat or Dog Teeth Cleaning: What to Expect

Dog Teeth Cleaning at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Have you ever wondered about dog teeth cleaning or cat teeth cleaning for your pet?

By Tamara Kees

Maybe you’ve noticed your dog or cat has some killer breath lately, seen brown tartar on their teeth, have been enlightened on the great importance of their dental health or you have just been thinking about cat or dog teeth cleaning for your pet and you want to know where to start. Next, you find out we offer complimentary dental consultations and you schedule one to get your pet on the path to a beautiful smile! You may wonder, what will happen during this visit? First, you should plan to spend about 15-30 minutes from checking in at the reception desk to completing the consult in the exam room. After check in, a technician will greet you in the room, examine your pet’s teeth and gums to assess the level of dental disease already present (if any), and ask you some questions to get an idea of your lifestyle and needs. She may ask about your pet’s dental homecare regimen, what you feed them, and if you’ve noticed any behaviors that might indicate oral discomfort. Continue…

The Benefits of Oravet Chews

Dental care is very important in our four legged-friends. The best way to keep your pet’s teeth white and sparkling clean is to brush their teeth daily (or several times a week if possible). The brushing action allows breakup of dental tartar on the teeth and many enzymatic veterinary approved toothpastes aid in tartar breakup as well. The problem is that maintaining a routine of oral hygiene for some dogs and cats can be a difficult or nearly impossible task.

To better understand the benefit of these chews, let me first explain the fundamentals of dental disease. Dental disease or periodontal disease refers to the health of the teeth (above and below the gum line), gums, and bone surrounding the teeth. When dogs eat, bacteria attach to the teeth and form plaque. Saliva and food supply nutrients for the bacteria to proliferate. This in turn causes bad breath and can cause a white/yellow biofilm on the teeth. Over time (within 72 hours), this plaque mineralizes and forms a yellow or brown hard substance on the teeth called calculus or tartar. Tartar won’t come off with brushing; it needs to be removed manually by a veterinarian. Both plaque and calculus formation can lead to bad breath and disease of the gums.

 

Oravet dental chews are moderately firm and help to break down plaque and clean the teeth as your dog chews. The leading ingredient, delmopinol, creates a barrier to protect against plaque, calculus build up, and bad breath. These chews do contain grain and soy, so they may not be appropriate for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Also, if your dog has any loose teeth, these chews should not be used because they could cause trauma to the loose teeth. Some dogs have been reported to have green stools due to the alfalfa in the chews. However, besides the shocking color, this has not caused any problems. Ask your veterinarian today if Oravet Dental Chews are right for your dog!

Why Get Your Pet in for a Dental?

By: Dr. Groenewg, DVM

Pet Dental Procedure - Fairgrounds Animal HospitalMost pets have some degree of dental disease as early as age 2. Dental disease is the number 1 disease in dogs and cats, as it is so common in our pets. However, dental disease is often overlooked by owners, especially when it is at its mild stage.

How does dental disease occur? Disease starts by bacteria attaching to the edge of the enamel and forming a biofilm, or a microscopic meshwork of bacteria, within a day. This is called plaque. The tartar that you see on your pet’s teeth, is the secondary step of that plaque becoming calcified. Disease starts when that plaque gets up under the gums and creates an infection; seen as a slightly more red line along the edge of the gums where they meet the teeth. Left alone, this is a chronic infection in your pets mouth and will overtime cause worsening signs like bone and gum recession. This causes the roots of the tooth to be exposed. The roots are very sensitive and when exposed to disease, hot or cold temperatures, etc. It can be very painful for your pet.

This isn’t all. Studies have shown that even a mild chronic infection has influences on the rest of the body. Dental disease left alone can lead to other diseases such as liver disease, bone infections, heart disease, and arthritis, and has been shown to have a connection with Diabetes. Providing dental care to your pet can improve overall function of other organs and create an overall healthier animal.

It is important to note that small breeds are not the same as large breeds. Genetically, they are more predisposed to dental disease. At 1 year of age, many small breeds already have some bone loss from dental disease. It is important to get them in yearly for dental cleanings. Cats are also different than dogs and can have different disease processes in their mouths, so it is important not to forget about your cat’s mouth.

When you take your pet in to get their dental done, a deep cleaning is performed with an ultrasonic cleaner. This removes calculus and the plaque both above and below the gum line. It is important to get under the gum line to the tartar that we cannot see, as this is where dental disease starts.
You can learn what to expect for your pets dental consultation here and  what a dental procedure looks like from start to finish here.

 

 

Your Pet’s Dental Consultation: What to Expect

Your Pet’s Consultation: What to Expect

Maybe you’ve noticed your dog or cat has some killer breath lately, seen brown tartar on their teeth, or have been enlightened on the great importance of your pet’s dental health and you want to know where to start. Next, you find out we offer complimentary dental consultations and you schedule one to get your pet on the path to a beautiful smile! You may wonder, what will happen during this visit? First, you should plan to spend about 15-30 minutes from checking in at the reception desk to completing the consult in the exam room. After check in, a technician will greet you in the room, examine your pet’s teeth and gums to assess the level of dental disease already present (if any), and ask you some questions to get an idea of your lifestyle and needs. She may ask about your pet’s dental homecare regimen, what you feed them, and if you’ve noticed any behaviors that might indicate oral discomfort.

If your pet just has mild tartar, your technician will recommend a dental scaling and polishing to remove the hardened build up that won’t come off with brushing. Unfortunately, pets won’t tolerate a scaling and cleaning while awake, so general anesthesia will be needed! Your technician can give you an estimate for the whole procedure after she assesses your pet’s teeth, and she can walk you through the process so you can feel at ease knowing your furry family member will be given the best care to ensure they are safe and comfortable. If your technician notices any teeth that are suspicious and may be dead or abscessed, it can be confirmed with radiographs during the cleaning. Also, some teeth that appear normal during the consult can be revealed by pocket probing and radiographs to be dead or infected at the root! Any bad teeth that need to be extracted can be done painlessly by aid of a local nerve block while your pet is under general anesthesia for their cleaning. Your technician can include in your cleaning estimate an approximate range of the additional time and cost expected for extractions.

Your Pet’s Dental Procedure: What to Expect

Even if there are teeth that need to be extracted, never fear! Your pet can emerge from a dental cleaning and extractions with a clean bill of oral health and a fresh start. Dogs and cats can still live normal happy lives and even eat hard food with missing teeth—in fact, they will be far more comfortable eating without those painful dead or abscessed teeth in the way! Good oral health can drastically improve quality of life and extend your pet’s lifespan, so don’t hesitate to call us for your complimentary dental consult today!

Pet Dental Superstar | Mr. Rogers

Mr. Roger’s Story

mr-rogers-fairgrounds-animal-hospital     Mr. Roger’s mom had his teeth scaled and polished under anesthesia in 2013 because they had tartar build up, which can cause gum disease, infection, and abscesses along with devitalized or dead and rotten teeth that need to be extracted. After his dental, Mr. Roger’s mom tried to brush his teeth as we advised, but she had no one around the house to help out and he just wouldn’t let her do it alone!

Instead of giving up, Mr. Roger’s mom worked with us and we decided to have him in weekly to brush his teeth and apply a sealant to keep it fresh all week long. With this maintenance plan, Mr. Rogers has not needed another scale and polish or any extractions ever since, and it’s been 3 years! Continue…

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Why You Should Care About Pet Dental Care

Pet Dental Care - Fairgrounds Animal HospitalDid You Know….

Dental disease is the number one health issue in pets, affecting 80% of dogs and 70% of cats. This is not surprising considering that most owners do not have a regular pet dental care routine.

Why Should You Care?

Poor oral hygiene doesn’t just cause bad breath; it can lead to tooth loss, painful abscesses, difficulty eating and other health problems including heart disease. A good pet dental care routine will keep help keep your pet healthy overall. Continue…

February is National Dental Month

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is celebrating National Pet Dental Month by giving you a 10% discount for your pet’s dental cleaning. Call to make an appointment for your free dental consultation.

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Some Heartfelt Facts About Dental Disease

Pet Dental Procedure - Fairgrounds Animal HospitalSo you’ve brought your dog in to see her veterinarian for an annual checkup, and he recommends that she has a dental prophylaxis or dental cleaning. You’re given an estimate for the procedure, and it’s almost $400! It seems so expensive, and you find yourself wondering, “Do I really need to spend the money on this? It’s just bad breath right?”

Well, it’s not just bad breath. Your dog can develop gum disease, which can lead to serious internal illnesses, especially heart disease.

Let’s discuss how it all goes down – how does your dog get gum disease, how does it lead to heart disease, and finally, what concerns come along with a pet with heart disease? Continue…

Preventative Dental Care for Dogs and Cats

Dr. Eryn performs a dental procedure at Fairgrounds Animal HospitalEvery November and February is Dental Health Month here at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. This month, we will be bringing special focus to oral health and preventative dental care for dogs and cats – why dental care is so important for our pets and what it entails. Studies done in the 1970’s showed that periodontal disease is the most prevalent of any disease among our companion animals! Plaque and tartar build up is about 80% bacteria; that is why a pet with even a moderate amount of tartar can have horrible breath! Worse, tartar damages the gums, the jawbones, and the ligaments that hold the teeth in place, can cause infection in the tooth and bone, make teeth painful, and leaks bacteria into the bloodstream, damaging the kidneys, heart, and lungs. This process makes our pets feel sick, and shortens their lives by years! That is a big factor why, in the 1970’s, most pets didn’t live as long, and their senior years were often unpleasant ones. Continue…