Dental care for your pets is a critical part of their overall wellness. Your pets will have healthier and happier lives if you make their oral health a priority. Our veterinarians at San Angelo Veterinary Hospital in San Angelo provide preventative and emergency care for your pet's mouths. Our pet dental services can resolve issues for pets who are experiencing oral pain or discomfort.
Preventing Dental Issues
A dental exam should be considered a routine part of your pet’s healthcare. The earlier any problems are identified, the better your pet will be. For example, one big problem for many pets is developing periodontal disease. This is a painful condition that can start as early as age three. Our veterinarians will thoroughly check your pet’s mouth for early signs of harmful plaque buildup.
Gum diseases can cause other unpleasant side effects such as foul breath, bleeding/sore gums, tooth loss and decay, and much more. Even more concerning is the bacteria that can seep into your pet's bloodstream, which can damage significant organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys.
What To Expect
General anesthesia is used for pets during the teeth cleaning procedure, so we can focus under the gum line where bacteria is prevalent. Most pets would be unable to sit still while this process is completed. A scaler will be used to remove any buildup of plaque or tartar that has hardened. Polish is then added to protect your pet's teeth.
You can do your part at home by providing an appropriate nutritional plan and offering a few chew toys or water additives. We may also take dental x-rays to evaluate your pet's teeth further to see if additional treatments are needed after the exam.
Advanced Dental Treatments
Sometimes, further work is needed beyond just preventative care for your pet's teeth. Our veterinarians also provide oral surgeries to handle issues such as teeth extractions, damage to soft tissues, abscesses, and tumors. You can rest assured that your pet will get the best care possible.
Signs of Dental Problems In Your Pet
If your pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms, we recommend making an appointment right away:
- cracked, loose, or broken teeth
- abnormally bad breath
- pawing at the mouth
- loss of appetite
- discolored or missing teeth
- significant changes in behavior and daily functioning
Contact San Angelo Veterinary Hospital for Pet Dental Care
The veterinarians at our animal hospital provide top-notch veterinary services. If you would like to make an appointment for pet dental care or a checkup, call our team today at (325) 653-3301 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.