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14130 Juanita Drive Kirkland, WA 98034

Pet Dentistry FAQ 

How often does our pet dentist in Kirkland need to clean my pet’s teeth?

It depends on the pet. Some pets need to have their teeth cleaned more than others. Your pet’s vet will let you know what your pet’s dental cleaning schedule should be, and if that changes, the veterinarian will let you know that as well.

Will our veterinarian give my pet anesthesia during dental cleanings?

Possibly, anesthesia makes the process more comfortable for your pet, and that can help your pet stay calm during cleanings. Anesthesia also helps prevent your pet from acting out against the vet, which makes the process safer for everyone.

Can my pet get cavities?

Yes, pets can get cavities just like people. Pets are sometimes less inclined to get cavities because their diets have less sugar, and their teeth are differently shaped. Still, pets can get painful cavities if they aren’t given proper dental cleanings.

How will the vet treat my pet’s cavities?

The vet will treat your pet’s cavities by cleaning out the cavity and then administering a filling. However, if the tooth is too far gone, the vet may need to extract the tooth instead.

How can I tell if my pet is having a dental problem?

Your pet may exhibit many symptoms of dental disease. Here are just a few:

  • Excessive drooling.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Discolored teeth and gums.
  • Refusal to eat crunchy foods or gnaw on favorite toys.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Broken, loose or missing teeth.
  • Nasal discharge.
  • Bad breath.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Crust near gum line (plaque).

How can I care for my pet’s teeth?

There are many things you can do to maintain your pet’s dental hygiene. You can examine your pet’s mouth on a regular basis, brush his or her teeth and of course, bring your pet to our Kirkland veterinarian. You can also feed your pet a healthy diet and give your pet toys that promote good oral health.

How many times a week should I brush my pet’s teeth?

Daily, if you can, or as often as the vet recommends.

Does my pet need a special toothbrush or toothpaste?

Yes, human toothpastes may be bad for pets and human toothbrushes are improperly fitted to your pet’s mouth. Buy a toothbrush and toothpaste formulated for the type of animal that you own.

Should I use a special technique to clean my pet’s teeth?

Your pet will likely need to be trained to accept tooth brushing. The training process can take days or weeks, depending on the age and disposition of your pet. Speak with your pet’s vet for more instructions.

For more information about pet dental care or any other of our vet services, call us today or request an appointment now online. We serve the Kirkland, Kenmore and Bothell areas. We'll be delighted to assess your pet’s oral health and answer any questions you may have.

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