Bad breath is not a sign of good health in pets! Dental care is a very important part of keeping your pet healthy. Dental disease is one of the most common health problem in dogs and cats. Most pets over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease. Good dental care for your pet will help prevent gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth loss, potential infection to other organ systems and pain.
Katy Trail Animal Hospital offers the following general dental services:
General dentistry requires your pet to be under anesthesia for the procedure. We perform full physical screenings and blood work prior to surgical procedures to ensure that your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia. We also use pain management techniques that are appropriate for your pet’s age, breed, and current health status. All animals that undergo surgery have their blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm, and blood oxygen levels monitored by a specially designated veterinary technician. Most pets go home the same day as the dental procedure.
We also host Animal Dental Care, anesthesia-free animal dentistry at our hospital. For more information about their services, please visit the Animal Dental Care website.
At Home Dental Care for your Dog or Cat
Brushing your dog AND cat’s teeth every day will reduce or eliminate plaque buildup. Plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, will progress to periodontitis, which is characterized by pockets of chronic infection, oral pain, and severe infections. Left untreated, it will eventually loosen and destroy the tooth and possibly lead to bone loss.
Brushing your pet’s teeth at the same time each day with a pet toothpaste (do not use human toothpaste) and a brushing device (toothbrush, finger brush, gauze on your finger, etc.) is the most effective means of removing plaque from your pet’s teeth. If you have any questions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, please give us a call.
Signs of Dental Disease in your Dog or Cat:
If your pet is experiencing any of these signs or you have concerns about your dog or cat’s oral health, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.