Dental exams are an important part of your pet’s annual wellness exam. Accumulated plaque and tartar can cause inflammation of the gums which, not only causes bad breath and loose teeth, but also creates a source of infection. If gone untreated, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause heart and kidney damage. Preventing dental, or periodontal, disease is within the pet owner’s control. In addition to the annual exam, preventative techniques include:
• Diet of hard or coarse foods
• Providing your pet with rawhide or hard treat foods
• Brushing your pet’s teeth periodically using a pet toothpaste or using pet dentifrice product
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
A dental cleaning may be recommended by your veterinarian to help restore your pet’s dental hygiene. Every dental cleaning includes a complete physical exam, teeth scaling, polishing, antiseptic flushing, and fluoride coating.
The procedure is done under anesthesia to ensure your pet a stress-free experience. Blood work is recommended to ensure that your pet is fit to be anesthetized. Appointments are available Monday – Friday.
The cost of dentistry includes anesthesia, cleaning, scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment, and it is based on your pet’s weight.