Pet Dental Care
Dental care is important to your pet’s overall good health. By the age of two, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats in the Reno / Sparks metropolitan area have some form of periodontal disease. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to other health problems throughout the body. For this reason, it is important for dogs and cats to have their teeth examined on a bi-annual basis and professionally cleaned when recommended by your veterinarian.
Good pet dental care begins with professional cleanings
A comprehensive dental procedure includes digital x-rays, scaling, and polishing under general anesthesia. While anesthesia can sometimes be a point of concern for our clients, you can be assured that we practice the same safe monitoring techniques for dental procedures that we use in all of our surgeries. We conduct blood tests first to make sure that your dog or cat is safe to receive anesthesia. Your pet’s vital signs are tracked by a technician using a digital monitoring device throughout the course of the procedure. We ensure your pet has minimal pain before, during, and after their dental procedure by using a multimodal approach to control pain.
At home dental care
After we have professionally cleaned and polished your pet’s teeth, a good dental care routine should continue at home. Brushing your pet’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 inflammation. Left untreated, it will eventually loosen and destroy the tooth and possibly lead to bone loss. Ask us if you would like to learn how to brush your pet’s teeth.
Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
- Bleeding from the mouth
If you think your dog or cat exhibits any of these symptoms, please call us at your earliest convenience to arrange a dental exam for your pet.