Your dog or cat may have dental problems that are only seen with X-Rays.
Firstly, statistics have proven that dogs or cats as early as the age of 2 already have some forming dental disease. It is easy to catch with X-Rays, as everything is more visible than just viewing it by the naked eye.
What can be seen without X-Rays is the obvious tartar build-up. After meals, your dog or cat will have tartar build-up. Tartar is made up of food particles, bacteria and saliva. After a while, the tartar will harden and turn into plaque. This can be harmful to your dog, just as it is to us parents! The bacteria in the plaque causes gum infections and other painful mouth infections for your pet.
However, getting your dog or cat dental X-Rays allows Dr. Adney to detect any other deeper problems that aren’t seen up front. He will be able to see any other bacteria or infections that may be occurring which aren’t on the surface. This is very important as it can prevent major health issues and expenses later. Also, getting X-Rays after treatment lets the vet know what is helping and progressing and more closely monitors your dog’s or cat’s health.
Signs of a dental problem can include:
Pain while chewing food
Dark brown coverings of his/her teeth
To help prevent these situations, you can get your pet treats that are “dental chews” and assist in cleaning, the recommended prescription diet and regular teeth brushing. However, none are a substitute for a dental cleaning at the Pet Hospital.
If Dr. Adney recommends X-Rays, this is why. We want to get to the root of the problem (no pun intended!) so your pet has a long and healthy life.