Home Dental Care Helps Pets In The Long Run
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - You wouldn’t go days without brushing your teeth or years without getting a dental checkup so your pet shouldn’t either.
Earlier this year, Sandi Lehr took her nine year old dog, Harvey, to the vet for his annual pet cleaning.
“If he needs it and since he’s a senior dog, he really needs to have his teeth cleaned every year because there will be a little tartar on his teeth," Sandi Lehr, a pet owner, said.
Every pet builds up plague and gingivitis at different rates. If this is left untreated, it can cause problems.
“If pets develop painful dental conditions or inflammatory conditions like periodontal disease it can affect their internal organ function," Dr. Matthew Lemmons, a veterinarian, said. "It definitely affects their kidneys and potentially their heart and liver as well.”
A professional cleaning mainly involves scraping plague and tartar along the gum line. The procedure also involves anesthesia and x-rays.
“Having your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned can be expensive – it can be anywhere from $200 to $800 depending on the extensive nature of the work that needs to be done," Angie Hicks, Angie’s List creator said.
“The best way to keep the cost down for a professional teeth cleaning is an ounce of prevention," Hicks said. "Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth yourself can help avoid the buildup and any additional problems that may lead you to having the professional cleaning done.”
“I’ve been told to do it but I don’t do it all the time," Lehr said. "He’s not too pleased with it, so I just watch as much as I can."
Small breed dogs are more prone to periodontal disease.
If you notice your pet has excessively bad breath, missing teeth, or red gums, call your vet for an appointment.