Dental Care for Your Pet
Dental care is an important part of your pet’s health. Just like humans, pets need regular dental care to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Signs of Dental Disease
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Tooth and bone loss can occur if this is not properly treated which can be painful. Bacteria from dental disease is also a concern which can infect vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, and heart.
Periodontal disease is the most common problem we find in adult dogs and cats in our practice, affecting more than 80% of pets three years or older. If left untreated, dental disease can cause severe health risks. There are many signs to look out for when it comes to dental disease in your pet. The most common signs are:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Discolored teeth
- Gum inflammation
- Loose teeth
- Facial swelling
- Behavioral changes (lethargy, increased aggression when touched near the face)
- Pawing at the mouth
- Loss of appetite/changes in their eating pattern
- Blood on chew toys
Dental Services to Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Healthy
If you think your dog or cat needs dental care, we can help! We provide a variety of services for pets with oral health issues. Our veterinarians will assess your pet’s mouth to determine the best treatment options to suit your pet’s needs. These treatments include:
- Polishing teeth
We make sure to provide the best care for your furry friend so we take special care to understand your pet’s personality and needs. When your pet undergoes dental cleaning with us, we free the teeth from tartar and plaque buildup. After the procedure, we’ll discuss preventative care treatments and the best methods you can use on your pet to keep their teeth clean between vet visits.
Does Your Pet Need a Check-Up?
We recommend bringing in your pet for an annual wellness exam. At the visit we will check your pet’s mouth for signs of periodontal disease and if present, we will recommend dental treatment to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Dental cleanings require:
- Pre-Operative Lab Work
- IV Catheterization
- General Anesthesia
- Teeth Cleaning and Polishing
- Dental Charting
- Extractions when indicated
If your pet is ready for their next check-up, give us a call today. We’re happy to recommend the best treatment options for your furry friend, so their teeth are healthy, clean, and shining bright! Contact us today to learn more!