Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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Your pet's dental health is a key component to its overall health, longevity, and quality of life. The veterinarian team at Best Friends Animal Hospital offers comprehensive and affordable pet dental examinations as a part of our overall pet wellness care.
Just like in humans, problems with dental health can have a negative impact on the overall health of your cat or dog. Good dental hygiene has even been shown to prolong a cat or dog's life by a few years! Maintaining your pet's dental health improves its overall health, and can save you time, money, and energy in the long run by helping you avoid the stress and expenses of dealing with a full-blown pet dental problem, like periodontal disease and tooth abscess.
Regularly brush your cat or dog's teeth using vet-approved toothbrushes and animal toothpaste. This is the best way to clean the mouth and prevent and remove tartar build-up on the teeth.
Try giving your cat or dog treats or toys specifically designed to help reduce plaque build-up.
Avoid giving your cat or dog food with wheat, refined carbohydrates, or human foods. These foods have been shown to be pro-inflammatory in both humans and animals, which can lead to dental diseases as well as other problems within the body.
Take your cat or dog in for annual pet dental exams. This is the best way to prevent disease and provide early detection and treatment if dental disease does develop, including periodontal disease, oral tumors, nasal cavity diseases, and broken/rotting/missing teeth.
To ensure the safety and comfort of your pet, as well as the safety and effectiveness of our Winnipeg veterinary team, your cat or dog will require sedation or anesthesia during a dental examination. Fortunately, side effects from sedation are minimal to none, and your veterinarian will be sure to answer any questions you have, both before and after the procedure. Our veterinary dentist will then thoroughly examine your cat or dog's mouth, teeth, and gums to assess for the presence of any disease. A thorough teeth cleaning is provided, as well, removing any bacteria or tartar build-up that you may have missed on your own, especially in those hard to reach places in your cat or dog's mouth.
The pet dentistry team at Best Friends Animal Hospital is dedicated to helping every visit to our clinic as pain-free and stress-free as possible for your cat or dog. If your pet is due for an annual teeth cleaning or dental exam, then be sure to contact your local veterinarian in Winnipeg to schedule an appointment, by calling 204-269-4451. Let us help you give your cat or dog the long, happy, playful life they deserve!