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Dental Care

Your cat or dog could also suffer from dental diseases. Research shows that they among the most common illnesses that these lovely furry friends are prone to. 70% and 80% of cats and dogs, respectively, have had a dental disease by the time they hit three years old. Ignoring the infections for a while might be easy, but it is not prudent. Dental conditions are dangerous for your pet, just like they are for you.

To begin with, they cause bad breath, and you do not want that for your dog or cat. Again, they can lead to the infection of other parts of your furry buddy’s body, such as the liver, heart, and kidneys. How does this happen? Inflamed gums or dental diseases lead to the formation of a lot of bacteria in your pet’s mouth, and it easily moves into the bloodstream, infecting other body organs. These oral infections also cause discomfort for your pet, making it impossible for them to have a good time or play around.

When you notice that your pet has dental disease, come in for our quality dental care. With our vast experience and skills, we are in the best position to take care of your pet. Here are several critical things to look out for.

Signs of Dental Diseases in Cats and Dogs

  • Bad breath
  • Too much drooling
  • Loose, missing, broken, and discolored teeth
  • Visible tartar
  • Swollen, red, and bleeding gums
  • The pet changes their eating patterns. They could drop their food more often when eating, swallow it without chewing or not eat at all.
  • The pet paws at their teeth or mouth regularly.

You may not easily notice these signs, especially if you have not been spending a lot of time with your pet. In most cases, cats and dogs do not exhibit discomfort until they are in a lot of pain. That is why we recommend that you check your pet’s mouth once in a while. If you are not 100% sure of how to check for symptoms that your furry pal has dental disease, come and talk to one of our veterinarians.

Your Pet’s Dental Evaluation

To confirm whether your pet has dental disease, we recommend that you schedule a dental evaluation. During the process, one of our educated and experienced veterinarians will check your cat or dog’s mouth.

If your pet has a dental infection, we offer two treatment options: dental cleaning and home care.

Dental Cleaning

Consider a professional dental cleaning to eliminate tartar and plaque from your pet’s teeth or under the gum tissue. This procedure is also known as prophylaxis, and it is perfect for ensuring that your cat or dog’s mouth is healthy. Generally, here are some of the things that we will do during the dental cleaning process.

  • Remove any visible tartar and plaque from your dog or cat’s teeth and under the gum
  • Apply a dental sealer or fluoride
  • Remove any teeth that might be infected if they cannot be repaired
  • Check the pet’s dental sockets
  • Perform dental X-rays to see if there are any issues below the gum line
  • Inspect the pet’s mouth for wounds or any other problems
  • Dental charting so that we can see the dental disease’s progress

Anesthesia during Dental Cleaning

We cannot perform dental cleaning until we have sedated your pet. This prevents them from feeling pain during the procedure. It also allows us to fully inspect their mouth, remove tartar, and do any other necessary activity for a successful dental cleaning.

Home Care

This is the second treatment option that we recommend for your pet when it has dental disease. Brush your cat or dog’s teeth daily. Remember to use a toothpaste that is specifically made for pets. If you have never done this before, we’ll show you how to do it. Make sure to inspect your pet’s entire mouth regularly, and you could also use dental treats and diets.

Should you notice any issues when monitoring your pet’s dental health at home, bring your cat or dog to us so that one of our veterinarians can provide a solution to the problem. It is best to do it early to prevent the dental disease from worsening. This saves you some cash and protects your pet’s teeth in the long run.

To find out more about our quality dental care for pets, call us.

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