Pet Dental Care is Important to a Pet's Overall Health
The condition of a pet's mouth can directly affect or by affected by other health conditions. A pet's teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by a veterinarian and owners should strive to keep their pet's teeth clean and healthy at home. When a problem arises, pet dental work can be taken care of under anesthesia, to ensure the safety of your pet and our staff. Our team at Boyd Lake Veterinary Center in Loveland is happy to partner with you to take care of your pet's dental health and performs dental work whenever necessary.
Veterinarians are Trained for Pet Dental Care
Pet dental care at the veterinarian starts with a thorough examination of teeth and gums. If the veterinarian has any suspicions of problems, x-rays may be taken, these are especially important because most issues occur under the gum line or in the jaw, which cannot be seen with the naked eye. Annual teeth cleanings are also recommended. These are done under anesthesia and include scaling to remove plaque and tartar as well as polishing. Other dental work can be done while the pet is under anesthesia, including extractions.
Signs of Dental Problems and Common Conditions
If you notice your pet behaving strangely or having sensitivities in the mouth, call our office right away. A few things to watch for include swelling, pain, or bleeding around the mouth, poor appetite or refusing to eat, abnormal drooling or chewing, discolored teeth, extra teeth or failure to lose baby teeth, broken teeth, or bad breath. Our veterinarian can look and decide the best course of action for pet dental work. Cavities are less common with pets, but common dental conditions include palate defects, broken jaw, cysts or tumors, misaligned teeth, infected teeth, periodontal disease, and broken teeth or roots.
What can I do at Home?
The best thing an owner can do to prevent the need for dental work is to regularly brush their pet's teeth. Starting when a pet is a puppy or kitten can get them used to the process. Dogs are more likely to accept brushing, but cats can be persuaded. Daily brushing is best, but even doing it a few times a week can be helpful. Ask our veterinarian for tips, as well as recommendations for other products that may improve dental health.