Dental disease affects 85-90% of all cats and dogs and can lead to infections of the liver, kidneys and heart. Bad breath and visible tartar on your pets teeth can be indicators of more serious dental disease. Our doctors will perform an oral exam on your pet every 6-12 months to check for tartar, broken or abscessed teeth and oral tumors.
Our professional dental cleaning services require your pet to be under general anesthesia. This allows us to check each tooth for problems and extract any bad teeth, perform dental xrays, and do minor oral surgery if needed. Once everything is checked, we then clean each tooth including under the gum line. We also polish all of the teeth to insure a smooth surface to help discourage new plaque from building up. Professional cleaning is the only way to remove tartar on the teeth once it has already begin to build up.
Please contact us if your pet is showing any signs of dental disease such as:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Broken tooth/teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Reluctance to eat, especially dry food, or to play with chew toys
- Chewing with or favoring one side of the mouth
- Pawing at or rubbing the muzzle/mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loss of symmetry of the muzzle and/or lower jaw
- Swollen/draining tracts under (or in front of) the eye
- Sudden change in behavior (aggressive or withdrawn)
- Chronic eye infections or drainage with no exact cause or cure
- Inability to open or close the mouth
- Chronic sneezing
- Discolored tooth/teeth
- Abnormal discharge from nose
- A mass/growth in the mouth
Brushing your pet’s teeth at home is vital to your pets long and healthy life. We offer all the tools you need to keep your pet’s teeth healthy such as: Toothbrush and toothpaste kits, Purina dental chews and Oratene gels.