Pet Dental Care

We routinely check every pet’s smile.

Vet dog dental serviceThe doctor routinely checks your pet’s teeth and gums. We will point out problem areas and counsel you on what can be done to resolve or improve your pet’s dental issues.

If your pet’s dental disease has advanced beyond what home care can resolve, we are equipped with specialized dental instruments to get your cat or dog’s teeth back to a healthy state that you then manage at home.

The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three.

 

Though ‘doggy breath’ is often thought to be a fact of life, in reality it is one of the first signs of dental disease.  Sadly, dental disease doesn’t only affect your pet’s mouth and cause discomfort – it can lead to bone loss or other serious health problems. Pockets of infection can bleed during chewing, allowing the bacteria to enter the blood stream, which can lead to heart, lung and kidney disease.  We don’t mean to scare you, but this is serious stuff, which is why dental care is so important to every pet’s health.  In fact, if you haven’t taken a look at your cat or dog’s teeth and gums lately, we encourage you to do so now.  Here are some signs to look for when checking your pet’s mouth.

Your pet may be experiencing tooth and/or gum pain if your pet

  • suddenly stops eating his dry food, or nearly stops eating altogether
  • doesn’t play with harder toys
  • has become a sloppier eater and drinker
  • flinches or snaps, or all together avoids petting around his head

More advanced signs of dental disease:

  • yellow/brown crust of plaque on her teeth, near the gum line
  • red, swollen gums
  • pus or discharge

Advanced dog dental disease receiving veterinary care

Dental disease can become quite advanced before you realize it. After some much needed dental work, this pup has a much healthier mouth now and is enjoying his biscuits again!