Maintaining dental care is an important part of your pet’s health. More than 70% of dogs and cats have dental disease by the age of three. Dental disease can cause mouth pain, tooth loss and can lead to liver, kidney, or heart disease.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Tartar and plaque buildup
- Swollen, red or bleeding gums
- Exposed roots
- Problems chewing food
What To Do If You Suspect Dental Disease on Your Dog or Cat
If you suspect your dog or cat is showing signs of dental disease, please contact us to set up an appointment to bring in your pet. Our Veterinarian will do a comprehensive examination on your pet and make a plan with you.
My Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning. Now What?
A dental, also sometimes called a “prophy” or prophylaxis is the cleaning and polishing of a pet’s teeth which is performed under general anesthesia at your veterinary hospital. For this procedure, your pet will stay for the day with us. Preanesthetic bloodwork is performed prior to anesthesia to ensure your pet’s health and safety. We will scale and polish your pet’s teeth very similar to how humans have this done at our dentist. Dental radiographs are also performed while your pet is under anesthesia to examine what’s below the surface of your pet’s teeth.
At Home Dental Care
Once your pet has undergone a dental cleaning, home oral hygiene will help with maintaining your pet’s health and comfort. There are several at-home oral care options to choose from such as:
- Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth with pet safe toothpaste.
- Feed a maintenance dental diet.
- Consider water additives or dental wipes.
Visit our online pharmacy to see all at-home dental products available.