“Like 10 years ago, nowadays animals are no longer expected to get dirty and infected by interfering with their teeth cleaning, here too resistance is king.” Doctor Gabriel Giuliani, Annicura Veterinarian – CMV Veterinary Clinic in VersaillesThus introduces a deeply felt theme: the importance of oral hygiene in dogs and cats.
“Usually, in small breeds of dogs, The first cleaning is recommended at the age of 3, 4 years Age And it represents the first step in management over time that will lead our animal to a healthier face, without infection and without pain.
To do this, a dedicated and specialized dental instrument with dental bar and ultrasonic scalar is now used. During hygiene interventions, “the teeth are evaluated to see if they need specific treatment before they become deciduous and when the animal is in pain.”
How do you know if a dog or cat has a dental problem?
“It’s often difficult to understand, The first sign is represented by halitosis. If we wait for a dog or cat to become disabled, we can get a very serious infection of the oral cavity with chronic pain. These conditions can lead to systemic reactions such as heart disease. So a dog with a toothache does not often complain, it is different for a cat, and in addition to having difficulty in eating, it can complain when it opens its mouth completely.
Oral hygiene interventions under general anesthesia and fear of owners.
“In our clinic, Anesthesia is always performed by an anesthetist who will follow the animal throughout the procedure., It involves high cost, but greatly limits the risk of anesthesia. In older animals, pre-operative control testing is recommended to highlight any risk and, for 2 years now, a routine electrocardiogram is performed in all patients with general anesthesia. This further limits the risk. It should also be noted that anesthesia is much safer today. “
Dental hygiene: The cost of the procedure.
Interventions do not require high costs “if you proceed on time and limit tooth extraction. In dogs, extracts are often very complicated because the main teeth have 2 or more roots, while the cat’s roots are very thin and make the task very delicate. It is different to have only dental hygiene with ultrasonic scalar compared to 10 or 15 teeth extraction method. Which requires one or two hours of anesthesia.
Benefits of oral hygiene for dogs and cats at the Anicura-CMV Clinic.
That is what the veterinarians of the clinic do Work for the welfare of animals 360, Health planning, creating a path of prevention through tools that allow our animals to follow year-round, for life.
An important addition is quality equipment concerns.
“In the case of diagnosis, it should not be forgotten That There is a clinic Two basic machines for dental care: The first is represented by a dental radiological device that performs radiographs in real time during cleaning and is able to highlight the root of the tooth to allow a reasonable and precise choice for any tooth extraction. The clinic also has a spiral CT scan, which allows for more in-depth and accurate examination, including 3D teeth and original reconstruction.
Any tips for oral hygiene for your pet?
“The owner should know this The lowest risk for animals is represented by age. Oral hygiene should be done periodically from the young age of the animal, only in this way we can get an old animal with teeth in its mouth and without major infection of the oral cavity. Waiting for an animal to show obvious signs of discomfort in the mouth is not a useful idea and the only consequence is to make your pet suffer in the name of a notoriety “but it does not complain”. We should not lag behind because our dogs or cats are already old, because the risk today will be greater tomorrow. I remember a 15-year-old dog who, after 20 years of extermination, got vitality, vitality and appetite in an unexpected way and his years were still happy! A