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Routine Pet Dental Care Results in Lasting Health

You may be wondering why dental health is so important to your pet’s overall well-being. Simply put, dental disease is the number one disease in both and cats and dogs and it is severely detrimental to their health. The disease causes painful mouths, can cause organ damage, and can even lead to premature death. Unfortunately, more than half of cats and dogs have some form of dental disease by the time they are three years old. At New Berlin Animal Hospital, we’re dedicated to reversing this trend.

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How Do I Know My Pet Needs Dental Care?

There are several signs that likely mean your pet needs dental prophylaxis (a fancy word for cleaning and polishing the teeth). These include:

  • Bad breath
  • Weight loss (due to painful gums and teeth)
  • Discolored, stained teeth
  • Disinterest in chew toys they used to love
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Receding gums

The best thing you can do for your pet is to schedule a dental appointment with us. We’ll be able to fully evaluate their oral health and perform a cleaning, known collectively as a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT).

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COHAT Explained

COHAT is a comprehensive procedure that removes damaging plaque and tartar. Both of these harbor bacteria that break down your pet’s gum tissue as well as the enamel and bones of their teeth. COHAT also allows us to get a full oral health assessment with digital dental X-rays so we can track any disease progression both above and below the gum line. All of our dental procedures are performed with anesthesia, and we take your pet’s safety and comfort very seriously. We provide fluids and pain medication intravenously, have extensive monitoring equipment, and one of our CVTs is with your pet from start to finish.

Steps for COHAT:

  • A detailed oral exam
  • Digital dental X-rays (to evaluate teeth and roots below the gum line)
  • Extractions of damaged or broken teeth (only if needed)
  • Ultrasonic scaling of the teeth to remove tartar
  • Polishing each tooth to slow future tartar buildup
  • Fluoride and anti-bacterial treatments to further strengthen and protect teeth

At-Home Pet Dental Care

After your pet’s dental procedure, it’s up to you to continue dental care at home. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily, and our staff can show you the best ways to achieve this. However, we also understand brushing can be difficult with a busy schedule and less-than-willing pets. That’s why we also recommend veterinary dental products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. You can see a listing of approved products on their website. If you have any questions about at-home care, COHAT, or your pet’s recovery from a dental procedure, please contact us at 262-782-6910 and we’ll be happy to help.

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