Pet dentists. Chagrin Falls, Ohio- February 6, 2009- Our pets can enjoy the benefits of good dental health through routine brushing and visits to the veterinary dentist. Like us, pets suffer from gingivitis, loose teeth and other oral problems. Unlike us though, a lack of dental care in our pets could easily become a life or death situation!
Over 80% of pets older than three years develop some form of dental disease. Sadly, a good percentage of these pets will go on to acquire more serious illnesses, like heart problems or bone infections that shorten their lives. Others end up in animal shelters for the fact that, unknown to the owners, the pain of dental disease can cause aggressive behavior. These animals are often considered unadoptable and ultimately euthanized.
Fortunately, there is good news! Veterinary dentists are available with the needed expertise and advanced equipment to help many pets who might otherwise lead a much shortened life. Digital x-rays, root canals, and even oral surgery are now accessible across the country. The work of these pet dentists is saving lives and lessening pain in millions of our four-legged family members. Shelter employees might now have an answer to a dog’s aggressive behavior and some euthanasias could even be avoided.
But what’s even better is that proactive pet owners are helping to reduce the possibility that their pets will ever need the services of a veterinary dentist. By discussing proper at home dental care with their family veterinarian, owners are now using a combination of brushing, dental diets, and even chew toys and treats to keep their pets’ smiles as healthy as possible. A barrier sealant for pets is available to help discourage the development of plaque and it only takes about a minute every week to apply!