Your Pet’s Dental Care
Just like their owners, pets need proper dental care. Since they can’t brush their teeth themselves, it’s up to you to help them maintain their pearly whites. Bad breath is not normal for your pet! It could be a sign of gum disease, which can lead to a number of other health problems, if left untreated. That’s why we strongly recommend that you have your pet’s teeth examined periodically, just as you do yours, to keep them at their happiest and healthiest. At each health exam, your pet’s teeth are examined and graded on a scale of 1-5. Early treatment is easier on your pet because it can prevent extractions and is less costly than waiting until they have a severe dental disease.
Pet Dental Care at Whitney
At Whitney Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to providing unmatched veterinary healthcare services in the tri-county area. Our all-digital facility is equipped with a dedicated room for dental services, including:
- Teeth polishing
- Checking under gum line for indications of periodontal disease
- Scaling to remove tough plaque and tartar
- Digital X-rays to thoroughly assess condition of your pet’s teeth
- Preventative treatment plans
- Teeth extractions
Because we’re an AAHA-accredited practice, we follow the highest dental standards in veterinary medicine. This includes guidelines for anesthesia and pre-anesthetic laboratory testing prior to all dental procedures. During your pet’s dental procedure, our technician will be standing by to continually monitor their ECG, oxygen levels, and blood pressure.
At-Home Pet Dental Care and Prevention
Your pet’s oral health begins with you. Regular brushing is key to preventing future tartar and plaque buildup, as well as harmful disease. Be attentive to your pet’s appearance and behavior—when something is wrong, you’ll notice. Along with bad breath, there are other signs that your four-legged family member’s teeth need serious attention, such as:
- Difficulty eating and chewing
- Excessive drooling
- Decreased appetite
- Pawing at face and mouth area
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Facial swelling
- Red or swollen gums
- Loose or broken teeth
It isn’t always easy to check your pet’s teeth yourself, but if you are noticing any of these signs, your pet may require immediate dental care. Has it been awhile since your pet’s last dental exam? Call us today at (309) 685-4707 for an appointment! Our warm and knowledgeable staff will work with you to develop a treatment plan that’s best suited to their individual needs.