Importance of Dental Health in Pets

  • Feb 1, 2021
  • Tips & Advice, Videos

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Throughout the month of February, we are offering 15% off Dental Cleaning and Polishing. This discount does not include extractions or medications if needed. We recommend bringing your pet in for a dental cleaning at least once a year, so be sure to call us to schedule your pet's appointment and take advantage of this offer! 

What can I do at home for my pet's Dental Health?

Veterinary Oral Health Council seal of approval for dental food, treats, and chews.Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible, and brushing a few times a week can still be effective. Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be a bit more resistant. Patience and training are important! If brushing your pet's teeth simply isn't an option for you, Galloway Village Veterinary also recommends a prescription dental diet or treats and chews approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). 

Check out our brand new Youtube Channel for an informational video on How to Brush Your Pet's Teeth!

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth 


How to Brush Your Cat's Teeth



When should I bring my pet in for a dental check-up?

Your pet's teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for early signs of a problem and just to keep your pet's mouth healthy. Some pets become irritable when they have dental problems, and any changes in your pet's behavior should prompt a visit to Galloway Village Veterinary! Always be careful when evaluating your pet's mouth, because a painful animal may bite.

Bring your pet in sooner if you notice any of the following:

  • Unusually bad breath
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Pain in or around the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Swelling in or around the mouth

Causes of pet dental problems:

  • Broken teeth and roots
  • Periodontal disease
  • Abscesses or infected teeth
  • Cysts or tumors in the mouth
  • Misalignment of the teeth and bite
  • Broken or fractured jaw
  • Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. By the time your pet is 3 years old, they will very likely have some early signs of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventative measures aren't taken. Early detection and treatment are critical because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Other health problems found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes.

Why does a dental appointment require anesthesia?

Your pet does not understand the benefit of dental procedures, and they react by moving, trying to escape, or even biting. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. It also allows for better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the equipment. In addition, if f X-rays are needed, your pet needs to be very still in order to get good images. Although anesthesia always has risks, it is safer now than ever and continues to improve so that the risks are very low and far outweighed by the benefits. Although they might seem a little groggy, most pets can go home the same day of their procedure.