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Dental Care Services for Pets

Dental care is a crucial part of our health as humans and the same is true for our furry family members. Without proper dental care, pets can develop serious problems, like diseases and infections. Just like humans need to schedule regular visits to the dentists, pets should be scheduled to see our veterinary team for a dental exam at least once a year. We might need to perform them more regularly depending on your pet’s health or age.

What happens at my pet’s dental exam?

At your pet’s dental exam, we’ll examine their teeth and gums to assess their health and clean their teeth while they’re under anesthesia. The anesthesia makes sure your pet stays still during the procedures and allows them to experience as little pain as possible. We evaluate their dental health to determine early signs of diseases and remedy any issues. We might perform X-rays to get a better picture of their jaw and gum line to determine potential diseases. We’ll also thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth to remove build ups of plaque, tartar and finish with a polishing.

What are signs my pet has poor dental health?

Depending on the specific dental issue, your pet might exhibit different symptoms. Generally, you can look out for the following:

  • Constant drooling
  • Difficulty chewing or keeping food in their mouth
  • Changes in appetite, including eating less or refusing food all together
  • Smelly breath
  • Swollen mouth or flinching when you try to touch their face
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Bleeding in their mouth

    What is the most common dental issue for furry friends?

    Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases for furry family members. It’s a disease that causes inflammation in the tissues around their teeth. It can create damage to the jawbone as well as tissues in the mouth. This inflammation not only creates complications with their teeth but also their kidney, liver and heart muscles. After a thorough dental cleaning and X-rays, our team can determine the severity of the disease as well as create the best treatment plan to deal with it. If your pet is due for their yearly dental appointment, please call us to schedule it at 403.335.3519.