If you have registered your pet with your local animal hospital in Murrayville GA, you will almost certainly receive a reminder you to take her for an annual pet exam. As the name suggests, this is a yearly appointment that is carried out with the purpose of monitoring the health of your pet. It looks at a variety of different aspects of her wellbeing, from her physical condition to how well her body is functioning. By tracking the results of this appointment year after year, your vet can easily identify if a health problem is developing and in doing so, provide prompt treatment that could stop the progression of the disease/illness and potentially save your pet’s life. One of the services that is sometimes included as part of an animal’s annual pet exam is a dental exam.
What is a pet dental exam?
A pet dental exam is an appointment for a thorough and professional assessment of the health and condition of your pet’s teeth. Your pet is just as reliant on her teeth as you are on yours, and as her owner, you are responsible for ensuring that her teeth remain as healthy as possible. Doing so will not only enable her to eat properly and hold and kill any wild prey, it will also stop her feeling vulnerable because her teeth are compromised. Dental care is also essential to prevent the development of oral problems such as:
- plaque and tartar
- periodontal disease
- feline tooth resorption
- retained baby teeth
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, also increases the likelihood that your precious pet might suffer from other, more general, health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, liver and kidney disorders, diabetes, stroke and more. This is because the bacteria present when a pet has periodontal disease can enter her bloodstream and pass around her body. This gives the bacteria access to your pet’s major organs and body systems, where they could cause problems to develop. Some of these problems can lead to health issues that could even shorten the lifespan of your pet.
Is a dental exam part of an annual pet exam?
The answer to this question really depends on your individual veterinarian and the schedule of care to which your pet is conforming. Regular dental appointments are strongly advised with most pets being invited in to have their teeth checked at least once per year. If your furbaby has already been diagnosed with a dental problem, the frequency of these visits may be increased to once every six months to enable your vet to keep a closer eye on the health of her teeth. Understanding how busy pet owner can be, in many instances, your vet will try and combine this dental exam with your pet’s annual exam to limit the number of appointments that you will be required to attend.
If you would like more information about what to expect from your pet’s dental exam, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a health check for your pet, please call our veterinary clinic in Murrayville GA at 678-392-3700 and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff.