Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings for Pets: Too Good to Be True?

A happy dog in an exam room.

Pet owners are more savvy than ever, and they are more and more proactive about seeking out the best for their beloved four-legged family members. Knowing the importance of good dental health care, they are seeking out different options for routine teeth cleaning for their pets.

More and more in New Jersey you will find practitioners that are willing to clean your pet’s teeth without anesthesia. When you take into account the risk of anesthesia for pets and its associated costs, this may seem like an obvious choice to make. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants our educated pet owners to understand, though, why anesthesia free dental cleanings for pets are not all they’re cracked up to be.

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Step by Step: The Pet Dental Exam Decoded

pet dental examDespite the fact that most of us tend to our oral hygiene daily and see our dentist for cleanings and exams, not much thought is given to dental care for our pets. The idea of brushing a dog or cat’s teeth may seem daunting to many of us, but neglecting our pets’ oral health can lead to serious consequences down the line.

Professional dental care is an essential step in your furry loved one’s wellness plan. Your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure you know what is involved in a pet dental exam and why it is so important for your pet’s health.

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Chew on This: Not-so-Frequently Asked (but Important) Pet Dental Questions

The mighty mouth is something we take for granted with our pets. It does its purpose, after all. But did you know there are many aspects of overall health that are directly related to good dental health? That’s right! From heart health to preventing kidney disease, the mouth plays a key role in your pet’s wellness and longevity, not to mention quality of life.

Most pet owners, however, don’t often ask questions about pet dental health, which can sometimes be a disservice to their furry loved one. In an attempt to shine a light on dental care, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital offers a few pet dental questions every responsible pet owner should ask.

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Pet Teeth Cleanings – Are They Really Necessary?

pet teeth cleaningsThese days, dogs and cats have it pretty good! Most are considered members of the family, and we do our best to keep them healthy and provide them with a wonderful life. Quality nutrition, vaccinations, parasite prevention, and, of course, snuggles are the norm when it comes to taking care of modern pets. But what about dental care?

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 70% of cats and 80% of dogs will have gum disease by the time they’re three years old. Untreated dental disease is not only painful for pets, but it can also be a source of serious health problems down the road. That’s why regular pet teeth cleanings are the cornerstone of good oral hygiene.

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Pet Dental Health: What You Need to Know

Most pet owners don’t relish the thought of brushing their pets’ teeth, but neglecting dental health can cost both you and your furry loved one. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a wide variety of serious health consequences for your pet, and may even shorten his or her lifespan.

Keeping up with your home dental care, and making sure your pet gets a professional dental examination and cleaning as recommended by your veterinarian, can reduce bad breath and keep your pet healthy well into old age.

If you’re a newbie when it comes to pet dental health care, the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to help!

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