Pet Dentistry: Keeping Mouths Healthy and Happy

Although it would be nice if they could, pets can’t brush their own teeth, so it’s up to their owners and veterinary professionals to do it for them. Dentistry is one of the most important aspects of a pet’s overall health care because of the mouth-body connection. If oral health is neglected for long enough, the result can be gum disease, which can eventually affect the internal organs, putting a pet’s life at risk. Of course, no one wants this for their four-legged companion. That’s why we take a proactive approach to pet dentistry, because we want to help more dogs and cats live life to the fullest.

Pet Dentistry Services

At Wood Hill Veterinary Clinic, our pet dental services can prevent and treat dental disease. These services include ultrasonic scaling and polishing as well as extractions (if necessary). We also recently added digital dental X-ray technology, which allows us to view below the gum line, where most dental problems are found. Digital X-ray images can be produced in a matter of seconds and be easily enhanced on a computer or TV screen. They can also be e-mailed, if a second opinion is needed.

For the safety of our patients, we perform all dental services under anesthesia, and we recommend pre-anesthetic blood work. The results of this blood work enables us to determine if your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia and if any underlying medical conditions need to be treated first. We monitor every patient’s vital signs before, during, and after each dental procedure, including post-anesthesia recovery time.

Signs of Pet Dental Disease

It’s best to bring your pet in for a dental exam once or twice a year to determine if a cleaning is necessary. However, there are signs you can look for at home if you want to be more proactive, including:

  • Bad breath
  • Reddened gums
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Brownish/yellow tartar buildup along the gum line
  • Drooling
  • Discomfort while chewing
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Retained baby teeth

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, it’s time to schedule a pet dental exam so we can determine what level of dental care is needed. Give us a call at (518) 392-6224, and let us make your pet’s teeth pearly white!