It's essential for your pet's oral and overall health that your animal companion receives routine dental care. Sadly, most cats and dogs don't get the oral hygiene care they require to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
At our veterinary hospital in Monroe veterinary hospital, our vets provide our animal patients with comprehensive dental care services, from basics such as teeth cleanings, dental exams, and polishing, to dental X-rays and surgeries.
We also provide our clients with dental health education to make sure pet parents know how to implement at-home dental care for their pets.
We realize that it can be overwhelming to find out that your pet has to have dental surgery. Our compassionate team aims to make this process as stress-free as possible, for both you and your cat or dog.
We'll take every measure possible to make sure your pet's time with us is easy and comfortable. Prior to the procedure, we'll explain in detail, every step of the process including the requirements for preparation and post-operative care.
Some of the dental surgeries we offer for cats and dogs include jaw fracture repair, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatment.
Similar to your annual checkup at the dentist, your cat or dog should see us for a dental exam once a year at the minimum. Pets that are at a higher risk of developing dental problems might have to see us more regularly.
Monroe Veterinary Clinic is able to evaluate, diagnose and treat dental health conditions in both dogs and cats.
If you see your pet displaying any of the following symptoms, you need to take them in for a dental checkup.
An in-depth pre-anesthetic physical assessment will be conducted for your pet prior to their dental exam.
We will conduct a blood test and urine analysis to make sure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics might be performed such as chest radiographs or an ECG.
When your pet is under anesthesia, we will implement a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Next, we clean and polish their teeth (including under the gum line) and take X-rays.
The last step is to apply a dental sealant to keep plaque from attaching to the enamel. If we discover, advanced periodontal disease, your veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
We recommend scheduling a follow-up examination two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
At this visit, we'll discuss implementing at-home teeth brushing. We may also recommend products that could help improve your cat or dog's oral health.
Below we have provided the answers to the questions most frequently asked by our clients about cat and dog dental care.
Just like humans, cats and dogs can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a result of poor oral health.
When our pets eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if it isn't brushed away regularly.
This can cause infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. This makes routine dental care an essential part of preventing pain or gum disease.
Did you know your pet's behavior can be a sign of oral health problems? If your cat or dog is suffering from a dental problem, they may excessively drool (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or you might see them pawing at their mouth or teeth. They could also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop sufficiently grooming.
Other signs of oral health problems include tooth discoloration, bad breath, and swollen gums. Some pets might even experience pain that keeps them from eating. Learn more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
Other than causing dental conditions such as cavities, bad breath, and periodontal disease, oral health issues can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas of your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors can develop. Your pet might also not feel well in general (if you have ever had a toothache, you know how it can impact your mood!). Also, diseases related to oral health problems can shorten your pet's lifespan and cause them a lot of pain.
This makes regular dental care an important part of your cat or dog's physical health and wellbeing.
During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will assess their mouth and look for signs of any oral health conditions or symptoms that require treatment.
The vet will clean tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on the steps you should take.
Occasionally, pets require surgery to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to make sure they are comfortable and don't feel any pain. Special care will be required post-surgery.
If you see any of these symptoms, book a dental appointment with your veterinarian.
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys, or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Pets can't comprehend what is happening during dental procedures, and will often respond to dental procedures by biting or struggling.
Similar to the anesthesia dentists give their nervous or anxious patients, our Monroe vets provide all of our cat and dog patients with anesthesia before performing any dental procedure. This puts less stress on the animals and allows us to X-ray their mouth as needed.
The vets at Monroe Veterinary Clinic are currently accepting new patients! Our hard-working vets truly care about the health of your cats and dogs. Contact us today to schedule your furry friend's first appointment.