Should Pet Dental Chews Be a Part of Your Pet Wellness Routine?

Puppy pet dental. Dog with toothbrush in mouth.

Giving your pet treats is one of the more enjoyable parts of pet ownership, and even more so when those treats have health benefits. But are those pet dental chews really all they are cracked up to be? Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice has the answers to all your questions.

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Understanding the Stages of Dental Disease in Pets

A cat with dental disease opens its mouth wide.

Did you know that dental disease, or periodontal disease, is one of the most pervasive diseases diagnosed in pets? In fact, by the time cats and dogs are over 3 years of age, two-thirds of them show some of the stages of dental disease. Untreated dental disease is linked to several other systemic diseases, such as kidney disease and heart disease.

Dental disease is more than just the bad breath commonly associated with it. It is complex in how it undermines the overall health of the body. This is why Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice is here to spotlight  the importance of pet dental care and examinations. Let’s take a closer look:

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Dental Care for Cats: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Cat’s Teeth Healthy

A close shot of cat teeth.

Many cat owners dare not to touch their cat’s mouth, let alone look at their teeth. Just like a dog, however, your cat requires a good regiment of dental care. Focusing on the quality of your feline friend’s oral health is a positive step toward keeping them healthy, preventing painful periodontal disease, and potential other secondary infections.

Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice is here with some expert tips on dental care for cats that you can sink your teeth into. Let’s take a closer look!

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The 1-2-3’s of Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

A brown poodle holds a toothbrush in its mouth.

Pet dental problems, especially in adult and senior pets, are all too common. It is estimated that 34-40% of pets will have the development of dental problems by the time they are 3 years of age. This is because plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on the surface of the enamel (as you can imagine might if you never brushed your teeth).

To keep your pet’s teeth and oral health top of mind, the team at Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice is here with some tips for brushing your pet’s teeth. And that is something to smile about!

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Why Blood Work Before Pet Dental Exams in Pets?

A vet examines a dog's teeth.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital we are passionate about dental care for pets. We have likely educated you extensively about why regular dental examinations and dental cleanings under anesthesia are vital to your pet’s health and well-being. 

What we are not always so vocal about, though, is how anesthesia is one of the most serious and important aspects of our daily practice. It is our mission to be sure that your pet’s experience under anesthesia is as safe as possible. Under our AAHA Accreditation we go the extra mile to make a difference to your pet’s care, and performing blood work before pet dental exams are one of those things.

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More Than Meets the Eye: Why X-Rays Are Important to Pet Dental Health?

During your pet’s routine wellness exam, we always take a peek inside their mouth. Among other items, we’re looking for evidence of dental disease, such as inflammation, bleeding gums, and tartar accumulation. However, it’s precisely what we cannot see during a wellness check that can cause concern. 

That’s where dental x-rays come in. Since more than half of every tooth is concealed by gum tissue, we simply can’t know the extent of possible disease or injury. To truly understand and support pet dental health, x-rays are indispensable.

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Protecting Those Pearly Whites: The Complete Pet Dental Exam

Pet dental exams are vital to overall pet wellness

Most of us couldn’t imagine not brushing our teeth a few times a day and checking in with our dentist periodically. Our pets, however, often don’t enjoy the level of dental care and attention we give to ourselves. Many suffer from a complete lack of dental care, and pain, advanced periodontal disease, and other major dental problems are often the result.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital we believe strongly that good dental care is part of the foundation for excellent pet care. The pet dental exam is the basis for this, and not all oral examinations are created equally.

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