If you’ve ever caught a sniff of you pet’s breath and wondered how it got to be so bad, we can help. Bad breath is often one of the first signs of periodontal disease, one of the most common health problems in pets today. By the age of three, up to eighty percent of cats and dogs are already experiencing the beginning symptoms of poor oral hygiene. Our animal hospital offers comprehensive pet dental care in Fayetteville, Huntsville and the surrounding areas to ensure your little companion’s long term health.
You’re likely familiar with that film that forms on your teeth, commonly referred to as plaque. Plaque is caused by the combination of bacteria, saliva and food particles in the mouth, and our pets are just as prone to getting it as people. Left untreated, it can harden into tartar and make its way under the gums. Gingivitis can cause painful swelling and inflammation of the gum tissue, leading to difficulty eating food and discomfort. In the long term, it can affect the strength of your pet’s teeth and lead to tooth loss or jaw problems.
Dental Exams & Cleanings
At your pet’s wellness exam, the veterinarian will take a look at their teeth for signs of periodontal disease and gingivitis. The first step of effective dental care for Fayetteville pets may involve some simple dental hygiene steps that you can take at home with pet-safe products. We may suggest a full dental cleaning to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar. This will be performed under anesthesia to ensure both a deeper clean and the safety of your pet. All dental procedures are done with careful monitoring of your pet’s vital signs by an experienced member of our veterinary team. If your pet is over the age of 7 and/or has severe dental disease, we will strongly encourage pre-anesthetic blood-work and administration of IV fluids during the procedure.