Pet Dental Care for a Healthy Mouth and a Healthy Life
Oral hygiene is an extremely important part of our daily routine—so why isn’t it equally important for our pets? Pet dental care is vital to the health, comfort, and longevity of our four-legged family members, yet so many cats and dogs have some form of gum disease by age 3. Gum (or periodontal) disease is an inflammatory condition that results from the buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth, leading to tooth and bone loss. It can also lead to disease of the heart, lungs, liver, or kidneys if bacteria from the infection enters the bloodstream.
Here at our animal hospital in East Lansing, we emphasize the necessity of pet dental care for all of our patients, regardless of age, breed, or species. A healthy mouth equates to a healthy body, and our top priority is providing your loved one with the care they need for a lifetime of excellent health.
Dental Services We Offer at Our Animal Hospital
Our knowledgeable, experienced veterinary staff in East Lansing can perform a variety of quality pet dental care services to keep your animal companion’s mouth clean and healthy. These include:
- Routine oral examinations
- Dental radiology
- Dental cleaning and polishing
- Subgingival scaling (removes plaque and tartar below the gum line)
- Root planing (smooths tooth root and helps gum reattach to tooth)
- Extractions (as needed)
- Gum disease treatment
- Home dental care demonstration/instruction
Signs of Gum Disease in Your Pet
Bad breath alone does not always signify gum disease, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Other signs that may indicate gum disease include:
- Difficulty eating/chewing
- Red, swollen gums
- Facial swelling
- Excessive drooling
- Pawing at face/mouth
- Lack of appetite
- Loose or broken teeth
At-Home Pet Dental Care
While it’s our job to provide a multitude of veterinary services to our patients, your pet’s healthcare ultimately begins at home with you. We strongly recommend that pet owners start their feline and canine companions on home dental care regimes as early as possible to acclimate them to the experience. Ideally, pets should have their teeth brushed once daily, or 3 times a week if their mouths are in good shape.
If your pet is still in the puppy or kitten stage, begin gently handling/touching their mouths so the presence of a toothbrush won’t bother them. This helps the process go much more smoothly later down the road. If you’re unsure of how to start and have questions for our veterinarian, please give us a call at (517) 332-2511 so we can help you.