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Pet Dental Health: More Than Just Bad Breath

What does dental disease in pets look like?
Symptoms of pet dental disease can include:

  • Bad breath
  • Changes in eating habits or chewing, such as a decreased appetite or favouring one side of the mouth
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Excessive drooling or discoloration of drool (brown or red)
  • Weight loss
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Loose, broken or even abscessed teeth

What causes dental disease in pets?
Just like in humans, dental disease begins with the build-up of plaque and bacteria. However, due to a lack of dental care, such as daily brushings, this build-up progresses into more severe disease.

The stages of dental disease include:

  1. Stage 1 – Build up of plaque (bacteria, saliva and food debris).
  2. Stage 2 – Plaque turns into the harder substance tartar and causes gum irritation, and further bacteria build up.
  3. Stage 3 – Further plaque and calculus build-up, causing very painful gingivitis along the gum lines. Bleeding of the gums is not uncommon.
  4. Stage 4 – Periodontal disease forms, which causes tooth decay, bone loss, pain and severe infection. Due to the gum line recession, bacteria enter the bloodstream and can lead to more serious systemic disease.

How can we prevent pet dental disease?
The following are steps we can take that can help prevent our pets from developing more serious dental disease:

  1. Daily teeth brushing — It is the number one preventative step we can take to ensure our pets have a happy, healthy mouth. It is very important to begin brushing our pets’ teeth while they are young. Before the plaque has had a chance to build up into harder substances that brushing cannot remove. Even if you can’t use pet toothpaste, the mechanical action of the toothbrush works best.
  2. Feeding a veterinary formulated dental diet. Dental diets are designed to have larger kibbles, encouraging our pets to chew the kibble, allowing the edges of the kibble to scrape tartar off the surface of the teeth. The mechanical action of the chewing helps prevent plaque build-up.
  3. Feeding dental treats.
  4. Using dental health additives, such as water additives.
  5. Having a yearly health exam with your veterinarian.

What if my pet already has dental disease?
Just like humans, pet’s also need dental cleanings completed by a professional. These procedures involve a general anesthetic which allows your veterinary team to complete a full scaling and polishing of your pet’s teeth above and below the gum line, as well as complete dental x-rays to view jaw bone and tooth root health. These procedures can allow bad teeth to be removed, and prevent further disease of healthy teeth.

For more information on pet dental health or to book a dental consult contact us today at 902.477.4040.

Written by: Deborah Lewis, RVT

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902-477-4040. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Spryfield Animal Hospital