Why is Dental Care for Dogs & Cats So Important?
Your pet’s teeth develop plaque tartar just like your teeth do. Plaque and tartar harbor bacteria that slowly breaks down your pet’s gum tissue and even the bone density of their teeth. Over time, bacteria in your pet’s mouth can leak into the bloodstream and cause systemic health issues like heart disease. With annual vet visits, we can catch earlier signs of dental disease like bad breath, discolored teeth and periodontal pockets that are far more treatable than dental disease that has progressed further.
Making Safety Our Priority
Our cat and dog teeth cleaning services allow us to fully evaluate your pet’s dental health and clean their teeth thoroughly, thereby preventing dental disease. For a cleaning, it is necessary that we use general anesthesia for your pet’s safety. Before the procedure, we perform pre-anesthetic blood work and a physical exam to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo the procedure. With our monitoring equipment, we keep track of your pet’s vitals during the procedure.
A Complete Teeth Cleaning Procedure
During a teeth cleaning procedure, we examine your pet’s teeth and gums, looking for signs of dental disease like periodontal pockets. We’ll also take dental X-rays to evaluate your pet’s teeth below the gum line. Once we have a better understanding of your pet’s oral health, we’ll continue with our cleaning services which include:
- Ultrasonic scaling of each tooth to remove tartar
- Polishing of each tooth to prevent future plaque buildup
- Fluoride treatments to further strengthen teeth against plaque
- If needed, we will also perform surgical extractions on broken or damaged teeth. Pain medications both in the clinic and for at-home care will be given so your pet has a smooth, comfortable recovery.
What People are Saying
I recommend The Village Vets for their consistently good quality care. I also appreciate the many public service announcements to educate the public about good animal care and practices including the cruelty of tethering dogs and including dogs in your household and family.
At-Home Dental Care
Your pet’s dental care doesn’t start and end with us! You can play an important role in dental care at home! Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is the best way to prevent dental disease. Yet, we understand that brushing your pet’s teeth every day isn’t always possible. To help on those days when brushing simply isn’t possible, we can recommend products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council which are proven to work and are safe for pets.
Some products include:
- Dental chews such as OraVet chews
- Water additives
- Dental wipes
- Rawhides and other dental toys
- Tartar-control diets
Have any questions about your pet’s teeth cleaning? Contact us today at (404) 924-8680!
Please contact us today should you have any questions about pet teeth cleaning. We look forward to speaking to you soon!