Pet Dental Care
Dental health is one of the most overlooked aspects of pet care. Nevertheless, our fantastic furbabies need strong, healthy teeth just as much as we do. They don’t just help them to bite and chew their food, our pets also rely on their teeth as tools, enabling them to hold and pick up objects and play with chew toys. Animals naturally use their teeth as a form of defense too, meaning that if your pet’s dental health is compromised, it may leave her feeling vulnerable.
Fortunately, there is a way that you can protect your pet from the pain and inconvenience of dental problems – by ensuring that she receives adequate professional pet dental care. At Pleasant Valley Veterinary Hospital, we offer a comprehensive pet dental care service to pets in the Washington Country area.
What is pet dental care?
Yes, it surprises many people to discover that pet dental care really is a ‘thing’. Not only that but many veterinarians actually choose to specialize in pet dentistry so that they can offer the very best dental care to the animals that they look after.
Pet dental care comprises of several different aspects, all that care performed with the purpose of preserving your pet’s teeth and dental health for as long as possible. These include:
Regular dental check-ups
You probably attend semi-annual dental check-ups with your dentist, and your pet will benefit from regular dental check-ups too. The exact frequency that we recommend will be based on your individual pet’s dental health, but typically we assess most animals at least once each year. These appointments are not carried out because there is necessarily something wrong with your pet’s teeth, but to monitor them so that we can spot the signs of any developing problems early and before they have significant consequences for your furbaby. This includes pain, infection or even tooth loss.
Annual professional dental cleans
Although you should be brushing your pet’s teeth at home frequently, there is no better way to ensure the cleanliness and health of her teeth than by taking her for an annual professional dental clean performed by your veterinary dentist. This, like most check-ups, is carried out while your pet is under the effects of a general anesthetic so that she isn’t anxious and can remain entirely still, which gives our team the time and access to perform a truly comprehensive check of her teeth as well as a superior clean.
If you suspect that your pet is having dental problems, our experienced pet dentistry experts can assess her oral health and perform a range of dental diagnostics to determine the cause of her symptoms. This enables us to provide fast, and accurate treatment that can prevent further deterioration of her dental health.
If it is found that your pet is experiencing dental problems, there are various treatments that may be required to repair and restore her teeth and oral wellbeing. We are able to offer an extensive range of pet dental treatments which include the following:
- Cavity fillings
- Restoring teeth which have been damaged
- Treatment for feline resorption
- Treatment for stomatitis
- Oral surgery
In addition to the above, we can also offer advice on nutrition for oral health and guidance on the best techniques for brushing your pet’s teeth.
Our experienced and knowledgeable pet dentistry team will be able to tell you more about the treatment that your furbaby requires and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
If you would like further information about our pet dentistry services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our veterinary offices in the Washington County area by calling 262-677-3222.