Is your dog or cat constantly pawing at its mouth? Are they drooling excessively or have bad breath? Does your dog or cat seem hesitant to eat or have difficulty chewing? If so, these are indications of dental disease.
Dental disease causes a variety of health issues for both dogs and cats, including:
Why Pets Need Dental Care
Both dogs and cats need regular dental cleanings as they increase both the length and quality of their life. Some benefits of regular dental cleanings include:
The ability to chart and evaluate pet dental disease over a period of time
Prevention of expensive and advanced pet dental procedures
Less teeth extractions (pulling) for your pet
Dental Disease Statistics
Deerfield Animal Hospital sees more pets with dental disease than any other problem. Statistics show that dental disease is the most common disease in dogs. 92% of dogs over the age of three are affected. Although less prevalent in cats, statistics show that 85% of cats over the age of three struggle with the disease. However, scheduling annual pet dental cleanings can add 2-4 years to your pet’s life!
Dental Care at Deerfield Animal Hospital
Deerfield Animal Hospital’s staff and licensed veterinarians are equipped with the latest technologies to make pet dental visits safe and easy. Some of these dental procedures include:
Teeth cleaning and polishing
Deciduous (pet baby teeth), Surgical and routine tooth extractions
Full mouth teeth removal
Use of radiosurgery or laser surgery for Gingival surgery
Repair of Oronasal fistula
Oral surgery for dogs or cats
Jaw repair (fracture)
Pet Dental Cleanings - What to Expect?
While under general anesthesia, your dog or cat can receive a thorough dental cleaning. Deerfield Animal Hospital uses a safe, local anesthesia and monitors your pet’s heart rate, oxygen and respiration.
Before dental care begins, blood tests are done to help uncover any underlying illnesses, and we examine the animal’s entire mouth, including lips, tongue, gums and teeth. This assures us that anesthetizing is safe for your pet.