Your pet's oral health is an important part of its overall health.
Oral disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in patients of small animal hospitals. Studies show that as many as 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop signs of periodontal disease or gingivitis before they reach three years old. Without regular cleaning both at home and professionally, bacteria, and plaque can build up on the teeth and
gums causing bad breath , infected gums, and dental pain. If that wasn't bad
enough, those bacteria can get into your pet's bloodstream and cause
damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. The good news is that oral
disease is preventable, and treatable. Regular dental exams and home
care for your pets can help you to keep oral disease at bay, which in turn can
prolong the life of your pet.
With dental disease, the best defense is a good offense. A dental exam
should become part of your pet's regular veterinary visits. In between cleanings, you can help keep their mouth health with a home maintenance regimen, including brushing, hygiene rinsing, or chews. We can recommend protocol and demonstrate how to do it properly.
If you think your pet needs a dental cleaning, the best thing to do is schedule a dental consult with the doctor. We do recommend current blood work before each dental procedure to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia.
Professional dental cleanings include:
- Brief, safe anesthesia
- IV fluid therapy
- Surgical monitoring
- Full Oral Exam
- Ultrasonic Scaling
- Fluoride Treatment & Polishing
- Gingivitis Treatment (if needed)
If needed we also provide:
- Dental radiographs, periodontal surgery or extractions
- pain management.
We also recommend that your pet receive routine home care maintenance and would
be happy to recommend home care specified to your pets' needs.