Regular Pet Dental Care
Does your pet have bad breath? If you answered yes, it may indicate a condition other than just plain-ole doggy breath. Foul, offensive breath is a telling symptom of gum disease, a common medical condition seen in adult pets. Fortunately, regular pet dental care goes a long way in preventing gum disease and tooth decay. At Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital, we care for our patient’s oral health with complete oral examinations, dental cleanings, and developing a plan for at-home oral maintenance.
Caring for Your Pet's Teeth and Gums
When you bring your cat or dog in for annual wellness exams, we have a chance to “flip the lip” and look for the signs of gum disease. If they’re showing signs of inflammation, tartar, or decay, we’ll recommend a professional dental cleaning. While a cleaning doesn’t replace at-home oral care, it eliminates harmful bacteria and gives us a chance to extract painful teeth. Visit vohc.org to learn more about the importance of at-home dental care.
Tips on at-home pet dental care:
- First of all, look for pet-friendly toothpaste and dental products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC).
- Then, attempt to brush your pet’s teeth every day and reward them afterwards, even if you only managed very little brushing.
- If you can’t manage daily brushing, try two to three days per week instead.
- Give your pet dental chews and oral rinses to maintain their oral hygiene if they won’t allow brushing.
My dog is VERY energetic!! The staff and doctors are understanding, friendly and caring. They take time to explain everything throughly. My dog is happy to go for appointments.
Complete Dental Exams and Cleanings
Taking the Safest Measures Too
As a practice accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), we utilize best practices in all we do, including our dental procedures. Before we perform anesthesia, we’ll run blood work to check for conditions that could interfere with anesthesia. During the entire length of the procedure, we monitor heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level, carbon dioxide output, EKG, and temperature.
Once under anesthesia, the entire oral cavity is examined and full mouth digital dental x-rays will be taken. Depending on the condition of your pet’s oral health, we may extract teeth but we’ll alert you firsthand. Most importantly, dentals include scaling of hardened tartar above and below the gum line to prevent and treat gum disease. Contact us for more information about our pet dental services! We hold valuable veterinary promotions on dental care. Ask us more today!