Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

Levels of Dental Disease in Your Pet and How You Can Prevent

Do you know the most common disease in dogs and cats? It is not liver or kidney disease, or even thyroid disease. It is dental disease! Did you know that dental disease affects over 80% of dogs over the age of 3 years, and between 50-90% of cats over 4 years? (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine). The issue with our pets is that they cannot tell us if they have a toothache! Even when they have severe dental disease, most pets do not show signs of discomfort.  That is because they still are hungry and need to eat, and tend to hide their symptoms extremely well.

That is why regular veterinary exams are crucial to both treat and prevent dental disease. The veterinary care team can pick up problems before they even start. So what does a veterinary dental exam (included in every appointment) actually do?

First, we check all the teeth: are any missing? Are any broken? Are the gums normal or is there gingivitis (inflammation)? What Grade of dental disease is present (Grade 0 to 4)? Once this initial assessment is done, we will talk to you about next steps.

Can you spot the broken tooth in this photo?

Cat opening its mouth to be examined

Hint: top right!

Grade 0 dental disease: home care! Daily toothbrushing is so important in preventing disease. If brushing is impossible, prescription dental diets can hugely reduce tartar buildup. Our ultimate goal is to prevent disease rather than treating it when it is present!

Grade 1 dental disease: a professional dental cleaning with full mouth dental x-rays is required to assess the mouth, and clean/scale/polish teeth.

Grade 2-4 dental disease: a professional dental cleaning with full mouth dental x-rays is required, and likely teeth may need to be extracted based on the dental x rays. After Grade 2, pain is present, and the x rays will show us whether the teeth are still healthy, or are causing pain and need to be removed. The teeth will be cleaned, scaled and polished as well.

Tooth diagram

The only difference between us going to our dentist, and your pets coming to us, is that all professional dental procedures must be done under anesthesia—x rays are mandatory to check the teeth, as if they are not done, 50% of the problems will not be diagnosed. Prior to anesthesia, bloodwork will be done to ensure the process is as safe as possible.  See the statement from the American Veterinary Dental College position statement Companion Animal Dental Scaling Without Anesthesia here: https://avdc.org/about/#pos-stmts

So, if you haven’t today, take a look at your pet’s mouth and if you have any concerns, give us a call to see how we can help you and your pet!

 

Dr. Amrita Banerjee

College Manor Veterinary Hospital

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Levels of Dental Disease in Your Pet and How You Can Prevent

Do you know the most common disease in dogs and cats? It is not liver or kidney disease, or even thyroid disease. It is dental disease! Did you know that dental disease affects over 80% of dogs over the age of 3 years, and between 50-90% of cats over 4 years?

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at College Manor Veterinary Hospital