Pet Dental Services from Our Veterinarian
Many pet owners regularly take their pet for an annual wellness exam. While this is certainly important to the overall health of the cat or dog, it rarely covers any type of dental examination. Proper dental care is important to keep your dog or cat healthy, and address any dental concerns before they become larger issues. Below, let's take an in depth look at pet dental care.
Importance of Pet Dental Care
Pets use their teeth for several basic functions including eating and communicating. The mouth acts as a pair of hands for cats and dogs, so it is important to maintain a healthy mouth. Teeth that become damaged or diseased can quickly spread to otherwise healthy teeth in the mouth. Further, tiny ulcers or cuts in the mouth are a perfect site for dangerous bacteria to enter the body. Many diseases and conditions, such as heart and kidney disease, can first show symptoms in the mouth. By regular veterinary dental visits, you can make sure you are keeping your pet in the best possible health.
What to Expect
To perform a dental cleaning, your pet will need to have a light anesthetic. This is to keep both the veterinarian and your pet safe. The vet will work to inspect and clean in and around the teeth. If a tooth is found to be broken or diseased, it may have to be extracted. By cleaning the teeth it is possible to reverse the impact of gingivitis and keep your pet's gums healthy. Following the dental cleaning, your vet may prescribe some antibiotic medication. This is to fight off any possible infection in the mouth following the cleaning.
How a Veterinarian Can Help
A veterinarian will be able to take a thorough look at your pet's mouth, teeth, and gums. Your vet will be able to clean in and around the teeth and take care of any problem teeth that might be diseased or broken. Following the cleaning, your vet will be able to make recommendations to help keep your pet's teeth clean between dental care visits. For dogs, there are several textured chews and treats available that help to massage the gums and clean between the teeth. For cats, additives can be added daily to food and water to help break down plaque and tarter in the mouth.
Derry Village Animal Clinic is here to help with your pet's dental care needs. Having clean, healthy teeth and gums will lead to a lifetime of health. Our office serves Mississauga and Brampton residents alike. Our animal hospital is always seeing new patients and would like to invite you to become part of our veterinary family. To learn more about how we can help, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 905-670-1414.