Good pet dental care is one of the most important factors for the overall health of your pet. Cats and dogs are very susceptible to oral problems like periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss, gum deterioration, and infection that can cause damage to internal organs, including the heart, lungs, and liver. Regular pet dental care can help prevent problems from developing with your pet’s teeth and gums. An annual oral examination and cleaning from your vet is the key to early detection and effective treatment of tooth decay and disease.
Pet Dental Care In The Home
There’s a lot you can do to keep your dog or cat’s teeth and gums healthy right at home. Get into the habit of regularly checking their teeth for signs of oral problems. With a little patience, you can get them used to letting you brush their teeth just as you do your own. Ask your vet about special chews and treats you can use to promote oral hygiene.
Symptoms Of Dental Problems In Pets
Usually, your pet will exhibit clear signs that they are having problems with their teeth. Look for loose, broken, or missing teeth and swelling of the jaw, swollen or bleeding gums, discolored teeth, abnormal chewing and reluctance to eat, unusually bad breath, excessive tartar and plaque buildup, and unusual behavior indicating pain in their mouth. If your dog or cat is showing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to have your vet examine them as soon as possible.
Pet Dental Services We Provide
Our facility is well equipped to provide complete pet dental care services to your pet. Our veterinary hospital includes a state-of-the-art surgical suite and a fully equipped diagnostic laboratory. Here are some of the procedures available:
- Complete dental examinations
- Dental X-rays
- Cleaning, plaque and tartar removal, and teeth polishing
- Oral surgery including tooth extractions
When you bring your pet in for a dental examination, they’ll be put to sleep for the procedure and afterward spend a couple of hours in recovery, and then you’ll be able to take them home. Expect them to spend the whole day with us. Your vet will advise you on what to do the night before your exam.
To schedule an appointment with the West Bearden Veterinary Hospital or the Bearden Hill Veterinary Clinic of Knoxville, TN, give us a call or fill out our online form and we’ll contact you shortly.