There’s more to cleaning your dog or cat’s teeth than meets the nose! There is no doubt you want your furry friend to have fresh clean breath, but just like in people, teeth that have been not been cared for properly can eventually cause heart problems in animals.
For the sake of prevention, it certainly won’t hurt to take your little buddy in for an oral care checkup after they are a couple of years old. Your veterinarian may suggest that you 貓皮膚發癢 do yearly cleanings and checkups after that, or you they may tell you that it doesn’t have to be that frequent, as is often the case for larger dog breeds.
During these visits, there will most likely be some scaling to get rid of plaque and tarter buildup. Then a polish may be applied along with something to seal and protect the teeth from further buildup. It may be suggested to you to reapply this sealer several times each month to keep the protection working.
The vet will also check for other things such as teeth that are lose and any types of oral lesions or tumors and pockets around the gums. Don’t worry if this seems like more than your critter can handle – if they are healthy the doc will put them under anesthesia to keep them sedated during the process. We could all use a nice nap, right?
If any loose teeth are found, or any types of lesions, you will probably be told that your pet needs surgery to have them removed. Again, this is usually not a real big issue because it is safe and the animal won’t feel a thing – at least not during the actual surgery. A local anesthetic can be administered to help ease any pain after the extraction.
If there is potential for longer term pain during the recovery period, something will be recommended for that, too. Probably a little pill you hide inside of a hot dog, etc. Along these lines, if your dog or cat did have an infection, or may be susceptible to one after the procedure, you will probably be given some antibiotics for them.
You can expect a little recovery time after you get back from the vet’s office (for the pet, not you). There may be a few hours or even a day or so of no energy or a lethargic mood. This is normal, but if it goes beyond this time period or seems unusually bad, be sure and call the office and let the doc know. A follow-up visit may be required.
Before you leave the clinic they will likely give you some directions for long term maintenance and preventive care. It is important that you follow these recommendations for your pet’s dental health and for your pocket book. Let’s face it, these visits are not inexpensive and by taking quality care of your dog and cat’s dental health you both come out a winner. That will help take the bite out of pet oral care for you.