When it comes to keeping our pets healthy, pet owners often overlook the importance of oral hygiene. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, it’s estimated that the majority of pets show symptoms of dental or periodontal disease by three years of age.
A common indicator of oral disease is bad breath. Some pet owners believe that bad breath is something pets naturally have and consequently, often goes unnoticed and untreated.
It may not always be fresh, but your pet’s breath also shouldn’t be bad enough to make you gag.
It’s easy for many pet owners to overlook the importance of promoting good oral hygiene.
Our Spokane veterinary office is open weekdays from 8 am – 5:30 pm. Closed weekends.
With our hours, location off I-90 and loving team members, we make it easy for you to bring in your loved one.
Common Dental Questions
Why do pets need dental care?
Just like humans, many canine and feline issues start in the mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, and infected teeth can serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body.
Dental disease is one of the most common issues with dogs and cats. It can cause drooling, swelling, bad breath, reluctance to eat, redness of the gums, tooth discoloration, and tooth loosening/loss. Dental issues and dental related diseases can easily be prevented or mitigated by visiting the veterinarian regularly for dental examinations and cleanings.
Does my pet really need anesthesia for a dental cleaning?
The short answer is YES! Dental scaling and polishing done while under anesthesia is far more effective and less stressful to your pet than anesthesia free dentistry. Unfortunately, pets don’t understand the need to sit still and say “AHHHH” for the dentist. A complete anesthetic dental procedure allows the Veterinarian and staff a chance to properly assess the health of each individual tooth, evaluate gum tissue, examine for any oral tumors or foreign material, scale plaque and tartar below the gumline, and polish all teeth to help reduce future plaque and tartar build up.
We do not offer anesthesia free dental procedures and encourage owners to read the facts and risks associated with non-anesthetic dentals. https://afd.avdc.org/reasons-not-to-choose-anethesia-free-pet-dentals/
I started going earlier this year when this vet center opened. Dr Kappas is awesome and very knowledgeable.
I am a customer of K9 Country next door and I like knowing that when I board my dogs or do doggy daycare, my vet is right there as well.
A service they provide as well as an at home euthanasia of a dying dog and will then take the dog for cremation and return the ashes. We plan to do this with our Lilly once her congestive heart failure gets her to the point of being unhappy.