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Dental Care for Dogs

Why is oral health important?


Oral health is important because it affects the overall health of your pet. When an overgrowth of bacteria occurs, it causes gingivitis and can affect your pet’s heart, kidneys, and liver. However, this can all be prevented with good oral hygiene.

Consequences of Periodontal Disease in Pets

Although bad breath is commonly the main concern of owners, this is often the least concerning consequence of poor oral health. Once tartar has accumulated on the teeth, the gums become irritated. This leads to bleeding and oral pain, which can then cause a loss of appetite and discomfort to your pet. The roots of the teeth will become affected, causing the tooth to fall out, or an abscess to form around the root. Both can cause extreme discomfort to your pet. Poor oral hygiene can also cause systemic disease such as bacteremia; this occurs when bacteria surrounding the roots gain access to the bloodstream and can lead to damage of organs such as the kidney, heart, and liver.

What can I do at home for my pet’s oral health?


The gold standard of at-home oral health care is the daily brushing of your pet’s teeth, as it prevents the build of up plaque that forms tartar. We understand that daily brushing is not always possible, therefore brushing the teeth even several times a week will help decrease the rate at which tartar will build.
Other options include water additives, dental treats, dental diets and dental wipes. However, be cautious as many pet products may claim they improve oral health, but are not effective. Look for the VOHC seal. Talk with your veterinarian technician about any dental products you’re considering for your pet.

What about “anesthesia-free” dental cleanings?


The American Veterinary Dental College does not recommend anesthesia-free dental cleanings, this is because those performing them are not trained professionals and they do not do cleaning or inspection below the gum line, where the most dental disease occurs.

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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 250-754-8822. 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 to Friday: 8:45 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 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.

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.

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 Petroglyph Animal Hospital