Good dental care is very important to the overall health of dogs and cats. That’s not something a lot of people think about, but it’s true.
At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic we take dental care for pets very seriously because bad teeth can lead to a host of other problems, including systemic disease and even heart conditions.
The same high-quality dental work that you get for your teeth can be done at our hospital – on your pet’s teeth. We do ultrasonic teeth cleaning and polishing. We treat periodontal disease. We do digital dental x-rays and we even do extractions.
We highly recommend annual checkups and cleaning on your pet’s teeth. But in the meantime there are some things you should watch for that may indicate a tooth problem. They include:
- Bar breath
- Broken or loose teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Bleeding from the mouth
Keep in mind when messing with your pet’s teeth, they may get irritated and bite you.
Also keep in mind that same reason is why your pet may have to be given anesthesia to be treated.
After treatment Meadowbrook veterinarians will work with you on a continuing treatment plan, including how to brush your pet’s teeth, and recommend products that promote good dental care for animals.