Just like their human family, dogs and cats require quality pet dental care as an essential part of an overall health plan. A comprehensive plan for dog and cat dental care is often the most overlooked element in caring for the health and happiness of your pet. At Petroglyph Animal Hospital, our impressive team of veterinary specialists has extensive experience in a wide range of pet dentistry care and treatment.
If cat or dog dental hygiene is left unattended to, they can develop a wide range of painful, debilitating health issues. Diseases that develop in your pet’s mouth can lead to even more serious complications and conditions that regular pet dental care works to avoid.
Why is Pet Dental Care Important?
Taking care of cat and dog teeth is as important for many of the reasons proper dental care is an essential part of human’s health care. Reasons to have pet dentistry care performed on cats and dogs include:
- Healthy lead to better breath
- Oral diseases can lead to serious health issues throughout their body
- Retained baby teeth can result in future problems
- Proper pet dental care works to prevent other health conditions
- Most dogs and cats over the age of 3 will develop some sort of periodontal disease or condition
- Lack of pet dentistry care can result in loss of teeth
- Pets are very good at masking pain
- Pet teeth wear out just as humans do
What Are Signs My Pet Needs a Dog, Cat Dental Care?
Regular pet dental care checkups and exams will help prevent minor issues with your dog or cat’s mouth and teeth from becoming larger, more painful, more expensive problems. In between regular visits for pet dentistry checkups, look for the following signs that a dog or cat needs to see their veterinarian.
Despite what it may seem like considering some of their activities and eating habits, your dog or cat should not naturally have extremely bad breath, known as halitosis. Persistent, especially noxious bad breath could be an indication of some sort of dental disease or condition that will need professional pet dental care.
Gingivitis can develop in a pet’s mouth in the same way it does in humans as bacteria builds up between their teeth and gums. As the effects of gingivitis are reversible if caught early enough, regular pet dentistry checkups can detect it before major, permanent damage settles in. If left untreated, gingivitis will likely result in periodontitis.
When plaque buildup gets to the point of turning a dog or cat’s teeth into tarter, periodontitis will attach teeth, gums, and the surrounding tissue. Blood spots on chew toys is an indication the dog or cat is in need of some pet dental care.
Lumps or masses in a dog or cat’s mouth should always be examined and diagnosed by a trained veterinarian. Oral tumors can develop within the gums causing a wide range of problems and conditions.
What Services Do Pet Dentistry Professionals Perform?
At Petroglyph Animal Hospital, an exceptional team of trained veterinary professionals perform a wide range of pet dental care procedures and treatments.
Pain Management, Anesthesia
The same types of anesthesia used on humans is performed in the same manner to help pets get through an oral exam, teeth cleaning, x-rays, and other pet dental care procedures and operations. All anesthetic use is carefully monitored by veterinary professionals to ensure the pet’s safety and comfort.
Some pet families are concerned with the use of anesthesia on their dog or cat. Strict protocols are in place and administered by experienced professional, board-certified veterinary anesthesiologists to ensure the safety of your pet. While there is always some risk associated with the use of anesthesia, the process is safer than it has ever been.
Pain management is the main goal when pets go through dental examinations and procedures. Medications are administered before, during, and after procedures to apply maximum healing and comfort benefits.
X-rays are crucial in establishing the most comprehensive and effective pet dental care plan. As 60 percent of the tooth lies under their gums, it is essential to be able see the whole picture in order to for the proper diagnosis and treatment options.
Full dental x-rays of the 42 teeth in dogs and 30 in cats allows veterinarians the chance to discover abscessed or impacted teeth, or any other infections, tumors, or cysts that can cause major health problems for the animal.
The most effective method of removing a damaged or infected tooth is to have it surgically extracted to minimize further complications. Extractions are quick to heal and offer relief from the pain that comes with the infection or injury.
A professional, thorough pet dental cleaning affords the pet dental care technicians and physicians the chance to the best look at the dog or cat’s teeth and make the most accurate diagnosis and treatment determinations. Teeth cleaning procedures for cats and dogs must be performed under general anesthesia for the safety of the pet and the staff.
Root canals are no more pleasant for cats and dogs as they are for humans, though they are much less invasive and painful than traditional surgical extractions used to save discolored or fractured teeth. Root canal therapy is a form of pet dental care that involves sealing off the root canal and composite restoration. The ultimate goal is to be able to treat the affected tooth before it becomes painful or infected.
Oral Tumor Diagnosis/Treatment
Infections, cysts, impacted teeth, and other oral growths can often be mistaken for oral tumors. It is essential to quickly identify growths and have them examined by a licensed, professional veterinarian to make a determination and diagnosis. Tumors cannot be diagnosed by a mere physical examination. X-rays and biopsies are the only ways tumors can be properly diagnosed and treated.
As in humans, early detection is essential. Regular cleanings and exams will help with the process of early detection. Malignant tumors are typically removed through surgical procedures for most oral tumors.
Metal crown caps and tooth color fillings seal and protect damaged teeth. Crown therapy is used for teeth that become damaged or as protection after root canal therapy.
Contact Petroglyph Animal Hospital Today
The health of a dog or cat’s teeth can impact their overall health throughout their bodies. Regular cat and dog dental care is important for them to live long, happy lives.
When you want to provide your pet the best life, Petroglyph Animal Hospital can provide comprehensive, professional pet dentistry services and procedures the Albuquerque Veterinarian families have relied upon for decades.