Regular dental care is very important for the overall health of cats and dogs although the majority of pets aren't getting the oral hygiene care they require to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
At our animal hospital in Cave Creek, we offer a comprehensive range of dental care services for pets such as dental exams, teeth cleanings, tooth polishing, dental X-rays, and surgeries.
We also provide dental health education to pet parents to teach them about implementing dental care at home for their furry companions.
Our entire team knows how scary and overwhelming it can be when you are told your beloved pet needs dental surgery. We aim to make this process as low stress as possible, for you and for your cat or dog.
Our vets will do everything in their power to make sure that your companion's experience with us is easy and comfortable. Your vet will explain every step of the process to you in immense detail prior to the procedure, including your pet's requirements for preparation and post-operative care.
For cats and dog's the dental surgeries we offer include jaw fracture repair surgeries, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatments.
Similar to your yearly checkup at the dentist, cats and dogs should see their vet for a dental examination once a year at the minimum. Pets that are more prone to dental issues than others might have to go to the vet more often.
Our Animal Health Services vets are able to evaluate, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you see any of the symptoms below in your pet, they need a dental checkup.
We will complete a comprehensive pre-anesthetic physical assessment for your pet prior to their dental exam.
We will perform blood tests and urine analyses to make sure it's safe for your cat or dog to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG could also be implemented.
When your pet is comfortably under anesthesia, your vet will conduct a full oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Then, the teeth are cleaned and polished (including under the gum line), and X-rays are taken. After this, we apply a fluoride treatment to every tooth.
The last step of the process is step is to apply a dental sealant to keep plaque from building up and attaching to the enamel. If your vet finds advanced periodontal disease they will establish a treatment plan and explain it to you.
It's ideal to schedule a follow-up examination for two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
At this visit, our team will talk to you about implementing at-home teeth brushing. We can also recommend products that could help improve your cat or dog's oral health.
Below are some of the questions most frequently asked by our patients regarding pet dental care.
Cats and Dogs can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a result of poor oral health.
Like people, when our pets eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if it isn't brushed away daily.
This could cause infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and potentially missing or loose teeth. This makes dental care essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
If your pet is suffering from a dental problem, they could stop grooming sufficiently, drool excessively (the drool could contain blood or pus), paw at their teeth or mouth, excessively yawn, or grind their teeth.
Other signs of dental health problems are tooth discoloration, swollen gums, and bad breath. Sometimes pets can even suffer from pain that keeps them from eating. Learn more about the symptoms of oral health problems to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
Other than causing problems such as bad breath, cavities, and severe periodontal disease, oral health problems and conditions can cause disease in the kidneys, liver, heart, and other areas throughout your cat or dog's body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet might also not feel well in general. On top of this, diseases related to oral health issues can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause them significant pain.
This makes routine dental care very important for your pet's well-being and physical health.
During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will examine your cat or dog's mouth, looking for signs of an oral health condition or for any symptoms that require treatment.
Your vet will clean tartar and other debris from your animal's teeth. If they find cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions that have to be addressed, they will explain these to you and offer advice on the actions you should take.
In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery.
If you see any of these symptoms in your pet, book an appointment with us as soon as you can.
At home, you should brush your cat or dog's teeth routinely and provide them dental chew toys to help eliminate plaque.
Don't let your pet chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys, or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Cats and dogs do not know what is happening to them during their dental appointments and can react to these procedures by biting or struggling.
Like the anesthesia our dentists often provide for anxious or nervous patients, our vets in Cave Creek give anesthesia to all of our animal patients prior to performing dental procedures. This puts less stress on the cats and dogs and allow us to x-ray and examine their mouth as needed.
Animal Health Services is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Cave Creek companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.