As part of our routine wellness care, we create a plan to address any dental issues surfacing in your pet. Your pet care team at SportsVet Animal Medical Center is acutely aware of the problems associated with untreated dental disease: pain, inability to eat, loss of teeth, and the spread of disease to the kidneys, lungs, and heart. An annual dental exam, and any needed cleaning or treatments, is a simple step in promoting the overall health and longevity of every pet.
The Dental Exam With Teeth Cleaning
Annual dental services can be scheduled around your pet’s wellness exam. A simple assessment of your pet’s teeth can be done easily, but a complete exam and dental cleaning must be performed while your pet is anesthetized. This unrestricted exam and cleaning by the veterinarian allows your pet the luxury of sleeping through a potentially stressful procedure.
From dog or cat teeth cleaning to extractions or dental surgery, your pet receives comprehensive care at SportsVet.
Pet Dental Home Care
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) encourages pet owners to regularly examine their pets’ teeth for signs of periodontal disease such as:
- Brownish colored teeth
- Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth or loss of teeth
- Pus between the gums and teeth
- Broken teeth
- Any unusual growth in the mouth
Reluctance to eat, play with chew toys, or drink cold water can be warning signs of periodontal or gum disease. Contact your SportsVet veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms in your pet.
Combine a regular home examination of your pet’s teeth with a brushing regime for a complete dental care program. Brushing your pet’s teeth can be easy and fun for both pet and owner. Consult us at your pet’s next wellness visit to SportsVet for guidance and instruction in getting started with your home dental program.