Pet Dental Care
A large part of managing your pet’s health involves practicing good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing their teeth at least 5 times a week, “flipping the lip” to check their teeth and gums, and having their teeth professionally cleaned per their veterinarian’s recommendations. Bad breath seems like a natural trait for your pet to have, but it could actually indicate a problem. Gingivitis is very common in cats and dogs alike, and many pets have gum disease by age 3. It’s important that we prevent these conditions to spare your pet the discomfort and poor health that will inevitably result from this disease.
Dental cleanings are frequently performed by our veterinary technicians and veterinarians in Old Town, and their experience with veterinary dentistry allows them to carry out these procedures with the highest level of precision and safety.
Dental Services We Can Provide for Your Pet
Pet dental care should ultimately begin when your four-legged friend is still young, and can be more easily acclimated to experiences like teeth brushing. While this can be managed at home, we offer more extensive services, including:
- Digital dental X-rays
- Pre-dental bloodwork*
- Dental prophylaxis – cleaning your pet’s teeth using an ultrasonic scaling instrument that blasts away tough plaque and tartar
- Polishing the teeth to smooth the surface and prevent plaque buildup
- Tooth extractions
*All of our canine and feline patients must be fully sedated for us to safely and thoroughly clean their teeth above and below the gum line. Preliminary blood work helps us check for underlying issues and minimize risk during the dental procedure.
When Should Your Pet Have Their Teeth Cleaned?
The earliest age at which pets should have their first professional cleaning is between 2-3 years, but this can vary. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best time for a dental cleaning, and will explain the procedure to you in full so you can make an informed decision. The following symptoms and behaviors may also indicate that it’s time for a cleaning:
- Yellow or brown teeth
- Loose/broken teeth
- Gums that are red, swollen, and bleeding
- Bad breath
- Salivating excessively
- Difficulty chewing and eating
- Pawing at the mouth or face
- Swelling of the face
If you observe any of these symptoms in your pet, call our office at (312) 428-2571 so we can examine your pet and provide them with the dental care they need to stay healthy.