At Westgate Pet Clinic we are very proud of the services we offer and our approach to oral health care is no different. There was a recent expose on ABC's 20/20 regarding oral care in our pets and the veterinarian’s role in promoting such care. The point of the episode was that veterinarians tend to “up sell” such services even though they’re not necessary. To prove their point, they had a dog with clean teeth examined by different veterinarians in hopes of “trapping” them in promoting “un-necessary” procedures. They visited several veterinarians, and one practitioner recommended a dental cleaning for the dog presented for exam, hence backing up their point that we're all in it for the up-sell.
My intent is to not rebut this episode point by point, though I take issue with many; but rather to discuss the importance of preventative care and the role the veterinarian plays in your pet‘s oral health. Good oral health care is a holistic approach that not only entails a periodic professional oral prophylaxis (or dental cleaning), but also includes home care. Teeth are an often-overlooked key point of pet care where “bad breath” is just a part of being a dog or cat. Let’s explore what good oral care is at Westgate Pet Clinic and our approach to what exactly a "dental" is.