Dental disease is an often-overlooked threat to the comfort and health of your pet. Because dental disease often has few readily apparent signs, bringing your pet in for a wellness examination is the only way to ensure detection. Following this exam, your veterinarian may recommend a particular dental cleaning schedule, oral care routine, or special treatment based on your pet’s dental health needs.
Some of the special treatment your veterinarian may suggest is possible extractions of one or more teeth, fluoride treatments and most recently, Doxirobe (doxycycline) treatments. We also use digital dental X-rays to fully examine your pet’s oral health by viewing the teeth below the gumline as well as the condition of the bone.
Should your veterinarian recommend more invasive procedures such as root canal therapy or management of oral tumors (maxillary/mandibulary), we have Dr. Katrina Hall-Essoe who is a board certified veterinary dentist on staff to support your pet’s specialized needs.
How do I know if my pet has dental disease?
Dental disease is the most common disease seen by veterinarians: 70-85% of pets over the age of 2 have some form of dental disease. Here are some signs that your pet may have dental disease:
* Bad breath
* Yellow, brown, or discolored teeth
* Loose teeth
* Red, inflamed gums
* Swollen mouth, jaws, or gums
* Doesn’t play with chew toys as often
* Pain when eating
It is important to have your pet checked for dental disease, as this disease can have major impacts on your pet’s organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Does my pet have to stay overnight after the dental procedure?
Generally, routine dentals are an outpatient procedure. Patients check-in between 7 am and 8 am. The procedure is performed in the late morning to early afternoon. Patients are ready to return home after 5 pm the same day. Pets receiving advanced dental procedures with X-rays and extractions are still discharged the same day.
How long can my pet go between dental cleanings?
Some dogs (usually small breeds) can require a dental up to every 6 months. Some dogs can go 3 to 4 years between dental cleanings. Typically, after the age of 2 or 3, most dogs and cats will need a dental every year. Assessment by your veterinarian will allow you to discuss your pet’s dental health and if excessive plaque or periodontal disease requires a cleaning.
Remember, good oral hygiene at home increases the time between professional cleanings.
How will dental care benefit my pet?
* Reduced plaque and tartar
* Decreased oral infections
* Helps prevent bad breath
* Helps prevent heart, liver, and kidney disease as caused by dental disease
How do I schedule a dental appointment?
Please call 925-937-5000 and one of Client Service Representatives will assist you in scheduling a dental appointment for your pet.