Everything You Need To Know About K9 Grillz Part 2
Posted on Feb 11, 2015 , 0 comments
February is National Pet Dental Health Month and Heathy Spot is proud to work with K9 Grillz. Led by Dr. Christopher Thomas, K9 Grillz offers one of the best non-anesthetic pet teeth cleaning services in the country. In this 3-part interview, Dr. Thomas dishes on the benefits of non-anesthetic teeth cleanings. For Part 1, click here. 4. What are the benefits of non anesthetic dental cleaning?
There are many, many benefits to anesthesia free teeth cleaning. Anesthetic dentals are often cost prohibitive to owners. Unfortunately this can mean that some animals will go a life time never having their teeth cleaned and also afflicted with significant, potentially painful dental and periodontal disease. As doctors we know the absolute necessity of good oral health. Many systemic diseases can arise from a diseased mouth. When an animal has a constant low grade infection/gingivitis in it's mouth, its immune system is in a way weakened as it has to always fight this chronic condition. Numerous other systemic diseases are attributed to dental disease including certain heart, kidney, and liver diseases.
Anesthesia free teeth cleaning is significantly more economical for the client and in turn opens the door for many owners to take effective preventative care of their animals which can potentially extend the animals lives as well. Anesthesia is generally safe for healthy animals but it does also always carry a slight risk even in healthy animals. For animals with compromised systemic health that risk goes up i.e. cardiovascular, pulmonary, kidney or liver disease. I am of the opinion that it is always best to avoid anesthesia whenever possible. With our method, we are able to detect dental issues that require anesthetic intervention and actually can often provide owners with photographic or video images of the effected areas. When an owner can actually see a fractured tooth, see how loose a molar is, see how inflamed gum tissue is etc, they will be much more likely to have the issue properly addressed in a timely manner which of course is best for their pet. Once these issues are addressed properly, hopefully we can provide preventative care for a lifetime and keep them from having to undergo anesthesia for dental issues in the future.
5. How often do you suggest that dogs get their teeth professionally cleaned?
We suggest that most of our patients have an anesthesia free teeth cleaning every 6 months. There are exceptions to this and at the time of a pets appointment we give the owner our recommendations for when they should schedule their next appointment. The single most important things we stress to our owners is home care between cleaning. The owners share in responsibility for their pets oral health. Can you imagine not brushing your teeth for 6 months? What that would feel like, taste like, smell like?
6. You recommend that people brush their dogs' teeth every day. But what if a dog doesn't allow you to brush his teeth? Are there alternatives to brushing?
Brushing is the single best thing you can do. A lot of disagreeable animals can over time become comfortable with brushing. It is of course best to start when animals are puppies or kittens although older animals can learn to tolerate it as well. Everyone involved must have patience with each other :) Aside from brushing, dental chews and rinses do help but again brushing is by far the most effective way to remove plaque.
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