Q:Does my dog's bad breath mean he/she needs a teeth cleaning?
A: YES! The most common cause of bad breath is tartar buildup surrounding the teeth. The bacteria grow to form plaque - a combination of bacteria, mineral and decomposed food. It is the plaque and associated oral infections that give the pets breath an unpleasant odor.
Q: How can you effectively perform a teeth cleaning on a dog while it's squirming around or under stress?
A: We sit on the ground with your dog and use a variety of holds to maintain control while keeping our patient calm and comfortable. Your dog is never forced into submission.
Q: Don't most pets become frightened and panic when you attempt to use a scaler?
A: We treat our patients much like a dentist treats a young child during a first-time dental visit. We use patience in our approach, and slowly introduce each phase of the procedure. As we build trust, almost every dog and cat we treat will allow us to use all of the exact same tools used in traditional veterinary dentistry.
Q: What can I do to effectively get rid of or reduce my dog's bad breath?
A: Dogs with bad breath can keep you from being close to the dogs you love. Halitosis, or bad breath, is an unpleasant odor coming from your dog's mouth. But bad dog breath can also be a symptom of a more serious problem. It is estimated that 80 percent of dogs the age of three suffer from periodontal disease — a serious deterioration of the gums and supporting bones of the teeth. Left unchecked, the resulting bacteria can enter the dog's bloodstream, causing infection or damage to vital organs such as the kidneys, lungs, heart or liver. That’s why dog bad breath has been the called the "Silent Killer of Pets." Proper pet oral health may extend the life of your dog by two to five years.
Usually Bad Breath or Halitosis has oral causes, although sometimes it can be caused by other disease processes. These include:
• Periodontitis (inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the tooth)
• Periodontal or gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar
• Abscessed tooth or teeth
• Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
• Bone, skin or hair stuck in mouth
• Oral ulceration
• Foreign items in the mouth (such as plant material or grass awns)
• Oral neoplasia (tumors of the mouth)
• Lung diseases, i.e. lung cancer
• Severe kidney or liver disease
Q: Is every dog able to have their teeth cleaned by this method?
A: Unfortunately, not every dog is a candidate for our cleaning technique, but we don't charge you if we can't complete the cleaning. We do, however, suggest you bring your dog back to us at a later date if your dog becomes too stressed during the cleaning. This means we don’t want you dog to become miserable during the session.