Dogs and cats are prone to the same types of dental diseases and problems as humans, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, staining, cavities, and oral infections.
Advanced dental or periodontal disease can lead to life-threatening infections. To prevent these issues from developing, Westside Veterinary Clinic’s pet dentist in Florence recommends a yearly dental cleaning and oral examination, typically part of a standard annual check-up, for all pets.
When it comes to detecting potential oral health problems in pets, owners must be vigilant in noticing changes in behavior. This is because pets often do not act like they are in pain until the pain is severe.
If you notice any of the signs below, it is important that you contact us to schedule a dental checkup, teeth cleaning and gum disease treatment:
- loose or broken teeth
- discomfort while eating
- extremely bad breath
- pus or blood in saliva
- red gums
- stained teeth
- swollen or inflamed gums
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
Pet dental checkups include an examination of your pet’s head, neck, face, ears and mouth in order to check for signs of health problems. Once the basic examination is complete, your veterinarian will determine whether your pet needs a comprehensive cleaning under sedation. Once your pet’s teeth are clean, we can give you tips and tricks to help you remove food particles and plaque at home between professional pet dental cleanings, like pet-safe toothpaste and toothbrushes as well as dental chews.
To learn more about our veterinary dental services and how they can protect the health of your pet, call our pet dentist in Florence at 843-673-9233 today.