Dental Care

Regular teeth brushing is essential for maintaining your pet's oral health.

Dental services are not only a necessity for humans but also your pet. Many cats and dogs are neglected when it comes to oral hygiene. The American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. The number one disease treated by veterinarians is periodontal disease. Your furry friend’s dental health should be examined by a veterinarian at least once every year. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily. Our clinic performs tooth extractions and oral cancer surgeries. 

What is dental disease in pets?

Dental disease is also referred to as periodontal disease. This occurs when bacteria and leftover food particles build up around teeth. Without proper medical attention, the soft tissue around the teeth begins to break down. The decay can result in tooth loss, bacteria entering the bloodstream, which leads to infections in the liver, kidney, lungs and heart. Periodontal disease can possibly lead to expensive oral surgery.

What are signs of dental disease in my pet?

The key to staying on top of your loyal companions’ oral health is to be vigilant. By always checking your pet’s mouth, you will be able to catch any signs of dental disease in the early stages. Here are some signs you should look out for:

  • Tartar (yellow or brown buildup)
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Pawing at face
  • Loose teeth
  • Chewing on one side
  • Red or bleeding gums
  • Blood on a chew toy

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, contact a veterinarian immediately. Our team will be able to perform a thorough physical examination and run lab work to determine the severity of the symptoms. To schedule an appointment, contact us at 519-641-8383.

How can I care for my pet’s oral health?

  • Regular oral exams and polishing. Even if your furry friend isn’t showing signs of dental disease, they should have their teeth professionally cleaned once each year. Polishing your pet’s teeth gets rid of surface stains.
  • Examine your pet’s mouth. It is imperative that you check your loyal companion’s mouth to detect dental problems before decay or other serious issues start to arise.
  • Brush their teeth daily. Regularly brushing their teeth helps reduce buildup. There are toothbrushes and toothpastes specifically made for pets that your veterinarian to recommend one. You should avoid using human toothpaste or brush as they can harm pets. Our team can show you techniques on how to properly brush your pet’s teeth.
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