Pets need proper dental care just like we do. Cats and dogs are prone to periodontal disease, which is a progressive condition that can eventually lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Sometimes, the bacteria in your pet’s mouth can enter the bloodstream and damage your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys. The good news is that it’s preventable. Early intervention and yearly dental exams under general anesthesia can help protect your pet’s mouth and improve his or her overall health.
Our Dental Procedures
A full dental exam and cleaning under general anesthesia is the only way for us to thoroughly inspect and clean your pet’s teeth and gums. At your pet’s dental visit, we will carefully examine the teeth, clean and polish them, remove any bad teeth, and take dental x-rays to check for any problems beneath the surface.
Your pet will always be monitored while he or she is under general anesthesia.
There are several things you can do to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy between professional cleanings. We recommend the following:
- If it’s possible, brush your pet’s teeth daily using a toothbrush and toothpaste designed specifically for pets.
- Use a water additive to control bacteria
- Offer your pet dental treats or chews to help reduce tartar and plaque.
- Special dental diets can also help. We can make a recommendation at your pet’s next visit.
Know the Signs
These warning signs could indicate an infection in your pet’s mouth. Please contact us if you notice any of the following signs between visits:
- Excessive drooling
- Chronic bad breath
- Pawing at the mouth
- Trouble eating
- Loose or missing teeth
A clean, healthy mouth is important for your pet’s overall quality of life. Please call us today to schedule your pet’s comprehensive dental appointment.