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When you care for a pet, you will often notice odd smells and odors from a pet's mouth. The idea of your cat or dog having unpleasant breath does not necessarily mean your pet has a problem, but it is often a sign of potential concerns. At the least, you want a pet's mouth cleaned to remove potentially harmful bacteria, even if it has not yet caused severe complications. In our animal hospital serving Gresham, we evaluate the health of your pets and recommend appropriate pet dental care when appropriate.
Pet dental refers to any treatment for a dog or cat's teeth and mouth that focus on improving health. It is a similar process to treating human teeth, but it focuses on the specific risks that impact the health and life of a dog or cat.
Dog dental addresses common complications with dogs. Since a dog can develop plaque and gum disease, you want to seek regular treatments for potential health concerns to limit the risks. Dog dental helps remove bad dog breath by eliminating bacteria and providing an education about ways to maintain a dog's teeth. Cat dental works with a veterinarian to address dental hygiene among cats. Generally, you want to make sure that your cats have appropriate treatment to prevent cavities, lost teeth, pain and any long-term health concerns.
Dental treatment for a cat or dog depends on the concerns that arise during an exam. A vet always goes through a basic exam to check for cavities or potential problems. Unlike humans, a pet does not have the ability to explain the cause of pain or the location of a discomfort. Certain dogs and cats ignore the discomfort, so a pet owner must remain vigilant and ensure that pets seek treatment at an animal hospital in Troutdale.
Our treatment strategy focuses on a pet's needs, so we provide appropriate cleanings and basic treatments for health concerns. We also educate pet owners about appropriate ways to maintain a pet's oral hygiene and address potential complications associated with pet teeth.
As a general rule, you want to seek pet dental care on a regular basis. An annual or bi-annually exam catches potential problems early and prevents a pet from facing complicated health concerns. You also want to follow any recommendations of a vet to prevent further health concerns when a pet develops any oral hygiene complications like gum disease. Seek dental treatments whenever you notice bleeding in a pet's mouth or when you see signs of pain in your pet.
Oral hygiene plays a key role in the overall health of your pets. By treating a dog or cat appropriately, we ensure that gum disease does not cause further complications or concerns for the future. To learn more about dental treatments we offer to pet owners in Troutdale, contact us today 503-661-1833.