DOES YOUR PET HAVE HEALTHY TEETH?

Dr. Felchle examines a dog's teeth at the Animal Clinic of Billings
Veterinarian Dr. Felchle examines a dog’s teeth at the Animal Clinic of Billings

Did you know that oral health has a significant impact on your pet’s quality of life, comfort and even lifespan? February is Pet Dental Health Month, and it’s the perfect time to ensure that your loyal companion’s mouth and teeth are in peak condition. After all, your four-legged friend’s overall wellbeing depends on it!

Expect that your pet will need a professional oral evaluation and prophylaxis every 6-12 months by your veterinarian despite your home care plan. At the Animal Clinic of Billings, we offer a free oral exam and, if further evaluation or a procedure is needed, we offer a discount incentive year-round to help get your pet the oral care they need and deserve! 

Routine Dental check-ups with the veterinarian are essential for your companion’s well-being.  Please call and schedule an appointment today!

406-252-9499

Dental patient having diseased teeth extracted
Animal Clinic of Billings dental patient having diseased teeth extracted by Dr. Massic

PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Fact has it that periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition found in adult cats and dogs, and according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 85% of dogs and cats are affected by three years of age! Early detection is critical because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Bacteria have access to the blood supply below the gums and can seed to other areas in the body where they can cause heart, liver or kidney disease. It can also lead to tooth decay and loss, and the jaw bone can become compromised and can even break!

Now want the good news? Periodontal disease is entirely preventable!

WARNING SIGNS 

Like humans, pets that lack proper oral and dental hygiene can develop illnesses such as gingivitis and periodontitis. If your cat or dog displays symptoms such as foul smelling breath, pawing at the face or mouth area, difficultly chewing food, reddened gums, tooth discoloration, or it has been more than one year since a regular veterinary checkup, contact your veterinarian.

PREVENTION

Dr. Massic
Dr. Massic, Animal Clinic of Billings

The rules of prevention are basically the same whether the teeth belong to a human or a pet. Dental health should be a daily ritual for pet owners. To keep the spread of disease-causing oral bacteria to a minimum, it is important that you establish regular home care involving an oral hygiene routine for your pet that includes:

  • Regular veterinary dental exams
  • Daily brushing and oral rinses
  • Dental treats, health chews and diets
  • Use of dentifrices, gels, wipes or water additives

 

Patient getting her teeth checked during a routine checkup
Animal Clinic of Billings patient getting her teeth checked by Dr. Felchle during a routine checkup

FLIP A LIP!

Flip your pet’s lips routinely and check the gums and teeth as much as you’re able, especially towards the back of the mouth but never underestimate the importance of regular check-ups with the veterinarian.

Remember, your pet needs and deserves regular dental care, and that’s why at the Animal Clinic of Billings we offer a free oral exam, so please make sure to have your pet’s mouth checked by a veterinarian at least once a year and get them in sooner if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath
  • Broken, discolored, or loose teeth
  • Extra teeth, retained baby teeth or misaligned teeth
  • Abnormal chewing, excessive drooling, dropping food from the mouth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Bleeding, pain or swelling around the face or mouth
  • Unexplained irritability or behavioral changes
Prescription Diet pet food brand, available at the Animal Clinic of Billings
Dr. Brown’s German Wirehair Pointer Frieda alongside our recommended Prescription Diet pet food brand, available at the Animal Clinic of Billings

DIET

It’s important to be aware of what foods your pet is eating. Diet is a major factor in your pet’s dental health. To prevent plaque and tartar buildup, feed dogs and cats high-quality dry food and chew treats rather than canned varieties or leftover “people food”. At the Animal Clinic of Billings, we offer the best Science Diet and Prescription Diet varieties of dog and cat food products available to help keep your pet as healthy as possible. Ask us about food options and we’ll recommend what’s best for your pet.

 

 

 

Veterinary Technician Heidi cleaning the teeth of an anesthetized dental patient
Animal Clinic of Billings Veterinary Technician Heidi cleaning the teeth of an anesthetized dental patient
Will My Pet Go Under Anesthesia for a Dental Cleaning Procedure?

When you go to your dentist, you know and understand that what is being done is meant to help keep you and your mouth healthy, so you accept the procedures and do your best to keep still. Your pet does not understand the benefit of dental procedures and he or she may react by moving, trying to escape, or even bite which may result in injury to themselves, the staff and equipment. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the procedure with little stress or pain for your pet and allows for a better cleaning and evaluation which includes dental radiographs (x-rays) and probing below the gum line. Cosmetic cleanings or “non-anesthetic” cleanings can actually make existing dental disease worse and does not address periodontal disease where it occurs and where scaling is the most important: under the gum line.

 

Remember, routine dental check-ups with the veterinarian are essential for your companion’s well-being. That’s why the Animal Clinic of Billings offers a free oral exam and, if further evaluation or a procedure is needed, we offer a discount incentive year-round to help get your pet the oral care they need and deserve!

Please call and schedule an appointment today!

406-252-9499

 

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