Gum disease is one of the most popular illnesses veterinarians see in pets. In order to maintain good oral health pets need good dental hygiene practices at home and the additional support from a veterinary care team. Our dental services can help with infections, toothaches, extractions and just about any other dental issue your pet may face. We can keep your pet’s smile as healthy as possible.
What are signs of dental disease?
Dental disease is what happens when built-up bacteria in your pet’s mouth is not brushed away properly. This causes your pet’s gum tissue to break down which results in many problems such as:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown buildup on their teeth
- Loose teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Chewing on one side
- Sneezing with nasal discharge
What happens during a dental appointment?
Our veterinarians perform a comprehensive examination and cleaning during dental appointments. We put your pet to sleep with general anesthesia to avoid any discomfort for them. Our team scale the teeth to remove plaque/tartar and use digital X-rays to examine the gum line for dental disease. Feel free to schedule your pet’s dental appointment by calling 519-763-1082.
How can I take care of my pet’s oral health?
Many pet owners aren’t aware but brushing your pet’s teeth daily plays a huge part in their oral health. Using a pet safe toothbrush and paste can remove plaque and bacteria from their mouth. Our team provides demonstrations on how you can gently brush their teeth and get them accustomed to the practice. Other ways you can keep your pet’s gums and teeth healthy include:
- Use dental chews that scrape bacteria off their teeth and prevent tartar from an early age. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
- Give them safe toys to chew on. Hard toys (e.g. bones, tennis balls) can be difficult for them to chew and can damage their teeth.
- Ensure your pet has dental cleanings annually. One dental appointment each year can remove tartar which is hard to remove by only brushing at home.