Cats and Dogs Need Dental Care Too!
You probably brush your teeth and floss on a daily basis because you know how important dental health is. Unfortunately, your pet can’t brush its own teeth, which means that their dental health is in your hands (literally). Proper dental health can help extend your pet’s life and give them a better quality of life.
The Dangers of Not Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth & Gums
Dental diseases are a serious issue. They are painful for your pet and if bacteria enters your pet’s bloodstream it can lead to kidney, heart, or liver issues. If left untreated, dental disease can even be fatal. About 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop gum and tooth disease by the time they are three years old.
Dental Care is Essential to Your Pet’s Health and Well being
Dental care is an important part of your pet’s preventative health program. Proper dental care can help prevent dental and systemic diseases as well as minimize the cost of caring for your pet.
Pet Dental Care Services
When you bring your pet to one of Casillas Veterinary Hospitals for dental care, our veterinary team will perform a complete oral exam. In addition to the oral exam, your pet will receive a thorough cleaning, which includes brushing, ultrasonic scaling, teeth polishing, and a rinse. The dental cleaning process is meant to remove the plaque from your pet’s teeth and slow plaque buildup.
We offer dental x-rays that provide a view deeper than a basic dental exam. We’ll be able to exam below your pet’s gum line and jaw, which allows us to detect any signs of dental diseases. This technique enables us to treat dental issues early on before they become a problem much more expensive to treat.
If your pet’s veterinarian finds any signs of gingivitis, gum or tooth decay, or excessive plaque buildup, we will provide you with treatment options. We have years of experience providing dental care for both cats and dogs of all ages.
The Pet Dental Care Services We Provide Include:
- Cleaning and Polishing (Prophylaxis)
Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth & Gums at Home
Your pet’s dental care cannot be something left only for veterinary visits. Plaque buildup is the leading cause of poor dental health in pets and it can be prevented. It’s important to practice good dental care at home. This can be done by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly, feeding them hard food, and utilizing the right dental products. Your veterinarian can advise you on the best products to maintain your pet’s dental health.
It’s important that you are able to recognize the signs of oral health issues. If your pet has the following, you should contact us to schedule an appointment for further examination:
- Halitosis (constant bad breath)
- Tartar or plaque buildup
- Red, irritated, and swollen gums
- Excessive pawing at the mouth
- A brownish-yellow crush of plaque near gum line
- Loose or missing teeth
- Bleeding or pain when they eat
- Decrease appetite or difficulty eating (chewing)
Schedule Your Pet’s Dental Appointment Today!
If you live in Montebello, Lynwood, East Los Angeles, or a nearby city and would like to schedule an appointment for your pet please call us at (323) 726-1525. We can schedule your pet’s appointment with a veterinary hospital closest to you. Our team and experienced vet will treat your pet like family!