The vast majority of people understand the need for regular dental appointments for themselves, but many either are not aware that their pets need them too or are apprehensive about the veterinary dental process. As a veterinarian that has made the investment into veterinary dental equipment, your next task is to educate your pet owners, so they understand the importance and become comfortable with having it done. Here are a few key points that you can make with them:
- Doggie breath! Many dogs love to get close to their owners. Nose to nose, in fact. If they have exceptionally bad breath because of foregoing veterinary dental visits, that isn’t a pleasant experience and can be embarrassing when they show their friendly nature to a guest.
- Tooth decay. Without regular dental care, a pet’s teeth can become riddled with cavities just like a person. Even if the pet owner does some dental cleaning at home, it is still important to have it professionally done.
- Infection risk. A bad tooth can easily become infected and the outcome can be devastating if the infection travels through the bloodstream to vital organs.
- Tooth pain. Nobody wants their pet to be in pain and the sad part is that a pet cannot always relay to its owner that they have tooth pain, yet it could be affecting their appetite and overall health.
- Anesthesia risks are low. Any pet, or person for that matter, can have adverse effects from anesthesia. However, with pre-procedure blood work to rule out underlying health conditions, it is rare to have that happen.
At Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp., we offer a variety of veterinary dental equipment options, including high speed veterinary dental air units, dental x-ray systems, and scaler/polisher equipment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you would like assistance with selecting the right equipment to get started offering dental cleanings or to replace older equipment.