Dr. Suzie Jerabek talks about your pet’s Dental Health

By February 15, 2013Uncategorized

Hi there!  I am Dr. Suzie Jerabek, veterinarian at RYAH and I am your guest blogger today!  Since  February is NATIONAL PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH I wanted to add my own thoughts to the discussion this month.

Have you ever noticed a bad smell from your furry friend’s mouth?  When you look at their teeth do you notice brown or yellow staining on the teeth?  It might mean that your best friend is starting to show signs of dental disease.

Dental Health is just as important for dogs and cats as it is for people.

Bacteria and pieces of food can get stuck around the teeth and if left alone can lead to the breakdown of soft tissue and the bone surrounding the teeth.

This can progress to periodontal disease, tooth loss and result in expensive oral surgery.  Bacteria that is swallowed in the saliva can cause serious and potentially fatal infections in your pet’s kidneys, liver, lungs and heart.

I know that the though of surgery for your pet can sound scary, but at RYAH we take all precautions to make it as safe as possible.  An exam by the doctor and recent blood work is necessary.  An intravenous catheter is placed and IV fluids are delivered throughout the anesthesia.  During the procedure pets are monitored by both the veterinarian and the surgical technician as well as our state of the art Monitoring Equipment.

I personally have had dental surgery performed on three of my own pets.   Several years ago,  my elderly Pomeranian cross had successful dental surgery with multiple extractions.  More recently, my cat Max, fractured his canine tooth and needed surgery to remove the remaining root which was causing him discomfort. Charlie, my 9 year old Golden Retriever, has had his had his teeth cleaned under anesthetic several times.

Both myself and my family noticed that all three of my pets were much more comfortable and happy when the pain and inflammation was gone from their mouths.  I can assure you that they all got a little more love when they came home with their pearly whites and much improved breath!

If you have any questions or think your pet might benefit from a dental cleaning give us a call 416-231-9293 or shoot us a quick email at royalyorkvets@ryah.ca

As February is National  Pet Dental Health Month, RYAH is offering some incentives for procedures done this month and also 10% off all our Dental Health Products.

Hope to see you soon.

Dr. Suzie Jerabek