Keeping your dog or cat happy and healthy for a long time requires proper dental care. This is a necessary part of their regular wellness routine. Tooth and gum issues can result in serious health conditions, including kidney, liver, and heart disease. Proper oral care can add years to your pet’s life.
Signs of Oral Problems
Here are some symptoms of dental issues in your pet which you should check for regularly:
- Bad breath
- Yellowish-brown plaque coating the teeth near the gums
- Red or swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding at the mouth or gums
- Reduced appetite
- Chewing only on one side of the mouth
- General difficulty chewing
- Loose or missing teeth
Oral Care at Home
Many pet parents do not realize that their young dog or cat can be taught to accept the same kind of normal brushing and cleaning that humans do at home. The process requires a little bit of patience and time. Animal Care Clinic offers a full line of oral hygiene products to maintain healthy teeth and gums. These include:
- Specialized food
- Water additives
- Toothbrushes, toothpastes, sprays, and sealants
Animal Care Clinic staff can educate you on the proper use and application of these products, and instruct you on how to brush your pet’s teeth. This can actually improve the bond between pets and their parents.
If your dog or cat requires a professional cleaning, the process begins with a consultation. During this conversation, your veterinarian will discuss all options for oral care. This is followed by a pre-surgical exam that will evaluate your pet’s health, vaccination schedule, and a blood test to evaluate any issues that may arise with anesthetics.
Anesthesia and Monitoring
While undergoing professional cleaning, pets typically go under anesthesia to keep them calm and cooperative. Modern anesthesia is very safe. We monitor your pet the entire time to make sure their vitals remain stable. While under anesthesia, a thorough oral exam can be performed, including digital, full-mouth radiology.
The process of cleaning includes an oral examination, complete scaling, charting, cleaning, and polishing of teeth. We apply a prophylactic barrier sealant to slow down bacterial accumulation following the cleaning.
If your pet requires any extraction, we will consult prior to the procedure. We will also call you immediately after the procedure to let you know how things went.
To ensure your pet has a restful recovery, we will keep them in our hospital for the day. We will provide any pain relief medications necessary to keep your pet comfortable during recovery in the clinic and at home.
Give us a call today to get started on a proper course of oral care for your beloved companion.