8542 1st Ave NW, Seattle. Greenwood's Piper Village Complex - Corner of Palatine & Morrow Lane

DOES YOUR FURRY FAMILY MEMBER HAVE BREATH THAT IS “LESS THAN DESIRABLE”?

WHY IS DENTAL CARE IMPORTANT?

Oral care in cats and dogs is very similar to that of humans. Managing proper dental hygiene requires routine maintenance as well as our preventative practices, such as oral exams, digital dental radiography (x-rays), and plaque removal procedures. If veterinary dental care is overlooked or deferred for too long, your fur child could not only exhibit the more obvious signs of periodontal disease, bad breath, tartar build up, and red or swollen gums, but also develop more serious conditions like bacterial infections, kidney disease, or internal conditions. Establishing appropriate hygiene habits at a young age, will significantly reduce the chance of develop gingivitis or the need for premature tooth extractions.

Dental probing can only show us so much, digital dental radiography is vitally important in presenting us with what is under the gum-line.  People have dental radiographs taken yearly and so should your pets!  We encourage full mouth dental radiographs for all of our dental patients in nearly all cases.

IF FELIX OR FIDO'S 'MORNING BREATH' IS AN ALL DAY OCCURANCE...

Investing in nose plugs will not solve the problem, so it might be time to schedule a dental evaluation and cleaning.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN DENTAL SERVICES?

Besides administering at home teeth brushing, your pet needs an annual examination to assess the overall oral health. During the exam, we'll recommend a schedule for routine teeth cleaning. Our dental procedures are anesthetic procedures. They include pre-anesthetic lab work, IV fluids and generally digital dental x-rays to ensure we know what is going on under the gumline. Anesthetic dental care is recommended by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and is the standard of care, this allows us to thoroughly care for your pets oral care. We provide detailed after care as well as suggestions on regular upkeep.

DENTAL CARE TIP

Daily teeth brushing does not have to be an exhaustive process. Using a soft bristled toothbrush and canine or feline toothpaste (do NOT use human toothpaste), work in a circular motion on the outside surface of the teeth paying close attention to the area by the gums.

DENTAL CARE TIP

It’s important to have a positive association with teeth brushing, so take things slow at first if your pet is not used to having his or her teeth brushed. In the beginning offer “treats” such as peanut butter, small amount of canned food, or cheese on a toothbrush (don’t actually brush the teeth) to get them acclimated to the process and brush.

DENTAL CARE TIP

If your furry companion doesn’t take too kindly to having their teeth brushed, there are special diets, treats, chews, and even toys that can help promote dental health. We can provide different options and suggestions during your pet’s oral exam.

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