We provide veterinary dental care for dogs and cats at Park View Veterinary Hospital. Our services include teeth cleaning, dental X-rays, tooth extractions, and some oral surgeries. If it’s time for professional cleaning or if your pet is showing signs of a dental problem, contact us to schedule an appointment.
Why Veterinary Dental Care is Important
Dogs and cats cannot tell us when their teeth are bothering them, so veterinary dental care becomes extremely important. The majority of cats and dogs will start to show some signs of periodontal (gum) disease by the time they are about three years old. A veterinary dentist can give your pet professional teeth cleaning, extract broken, damaged, or diseased teeth, or provide oral surgery to correct a misaligned jaw. All of these are good for your pet’s oral health and will allow them to lead a better, more pain-free life.
Benefits of Good Oral Care for Your Pets
The main benefit of good oral care for your pets is that it prevents or removes a painful condition. Gum disease, an abscessed tooth, a chipped or cracked tooth, and other conditions make it painful for your pet to eat. Some pets may stop eating altogether if a painful tooth is bothering them too much.
Animals that are in pain are more likely to nip or bite if you try to examine their mouth. The removal of a painful or infected tooth can do a lot to improve the quality of your pet’s life. Bad breath is another sign that your pet might have an oral problem, and it can be alleviated with some professional dental care.
At-Home Pet Dental Care
The single best thing that owners can do for their pet’s dental care is brushing their teeth at home. Brushing your pet’s teeth once a day, or at least several times per week, gets rid of a lot of the plaque that will eventually lead to oral problems. Dogs usually take to tooth brushing after a few sessions, but cats can be more stubborn about it. It may take a bit of practice, but eventually, most animals get used to a tooth brushing routine.
Veterinary Dental Care
Most veterinary dental procedures require anesthesia, including teeth cleanings. Rendering the animal unconscious allows our staff to work on their teeth without the animal experiencing pain. It also protects our staff by preventing the animal from biting. Prior to any oral procedure, we do a blood panel to make sure your pet is healthy enough to undergo treatment with anesthesia.
Many dental appointments require you to drop off your pet in the morning — and we will call you once the procedure is complete. You will receive at-home care instructions, which may include administering some oral antibiotics as your pet recovers from a dental procedure.
If you think your pet is experiencing an oral problem, call our office to schedule an appointment for veterinary dental care.