Pet Dental Care
Veterinarian dental exams are a vital part of your pet’s overall health. Even when pets’ teeth appear to be clean, bacteria can exist below the gum line and do damage that you can’t see with the naked eye. That is why we encourage regular dental exams for all pets. During the dental procedure, your pet’s teeth will be cleaned, scaled, and polished. A highly trained professional uses state of the art dental tools to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums, while eliminating tartar and plaque. This not only gives your pet white, beautiful teeth and better breath, it protects them from a variety of illnesses that result from poor dental health.
Warning Signs of Dental Disease in Your Pet
Being able to recognize the signs of pet dental disease is important. Once you’ve seen the signs of dental disease in your pet, take them to the animal hospital right away. This will help ensure that your pet gets the treatment he or she needs to avoid gum disease. Signs of dental disease include:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Stains on the teeth and gums
- Bad breath
- Loose, missing or cracked teeth
- Difficulty chewing or eating hard foods
- Reluctance to eat
What Can We Do?
Mercy Animal Hospital can help pets maintain healthy teeth and gums with the following services:
Pet Dental Exams
During our dental exams, we’ll check your pet’s teeth for plaque and signs of dental disease. If we discover that your pet has plaque buildup, gum disease, infection, or any other problems, we’ll make recommendations for treatment and teeth cleaning as needed.
Pet Dental Cleaning
During our vet tooth cleaning services, we’ll scrape the plaque off of your pet’s teeth. We’ll also polish the enamel to prevent food particles from sticking to your pet’s teeth after meals.
Sometimes a pet’s tooth cannot be saved. Tooth extractions can help pets that are experiencing tooth infections.
What Can You Do?
In addition to brushing your pet’s teeth, you can also use the following products to improve your pet’s dental health:
Pet Water Additives
These products help your pet maintain fresh breath and can also help break up plaque.
Dental chews help break up plaque and clean your pet’s teeth.
Dental Cleaning Chew Toys
These chew toys are designed to clean your pet’s teeth as he or she gnaws and chews.