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Angie's List Report: Dental Care for Pets

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You wouldn't go days without brushing your teeth or years without getting a dental checkup. Well, your pet shouldn't either. In this Angie's List report, Nancy Naeve has more on why dental care is important for your furry friend.

Earlier this year, Sandi Lehr took her 9 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," Pet owner Sandi Lehr said.
Every pet builds up plague and gingivitis at different rates. 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. It definitely affects their kidneys and potentially their heart and liver as well." Veterinarian Dr. Matthew Lemmons said.
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. The best way to keep the cost down for a professional teeth cleaning is an ounce of prevention. 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," Angie Hicks with Angie's List said.
"I've been told to do it (laughs) but I don't do it all the time.  He's not too pleased with it, so I just watch as much as I can and see that.  And he also has a dental supplement with his food," Lehr said.
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.


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