Why Pet Dental Care is Important
Your pet’s mouth can tell you more than a bark, meow, or squeak. It’s also an indicator of a pet’s body health. Without proper treatment, neglected dental health can lead to gum disease, which can result in tooth loss or worse, leaving your pet in serious pain. Sadly, gum disease affects more than half of all dogs and cats by age 3 and can affect the heart, liver, and kidneys (in its most advanced stage), reducing the span of your pet’s life. Fortunately, we offer pet dentistry in Laurel, and we recommend annual wellness exams to detect signs of gum disease or to determine if a cleaning is necessary.
Pet Dentistry Services
We offer comprehensive dental services, with an emphasis on pain management, to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. During a visit to our facility, we make your pet’s safety and comfort our top priority. Before we perform any dental procedures, we perform an extensive physical examination, including blood work, prior to anesthesia to make sure your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia and the procedure itself. Vital signs are monitored throughout treatment using advanced technology.
Our pet dentistry services include:
- Teeth cleaning above and below the gum line to remove tartar and plaque
- Teeth polishing to remove plaque and smooth teeth after scaling
- Digital dental X-rays to view below the gum line
- Some periodontal surgeries
- Tooth extractions (if necessary)
Maintaining Your Pet’s Oral Health from Home
Professional pet dentistry is a great first step in maintaining your dog’s or cat’s oral health, but it doesn’t stop here at Lakeside Veterinary Center. It’s up to you to watch for signs of dental problems. The following is a list of signs to look for at home:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown tartar buildup
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Trouble eating or keeping food in the mouth
- Pawing at the face/mouth area
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