Pine Plains Veterinary Hospital

Pet Dental Services in Pine Plains, NY

One aspect of pet health that is often overlooked is pet dental services. Just like humans, pets can develop dental problems that can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. We will discuss the importance of our pet dental services and how to recognize the signs of dental disease in pets.

The Importance of Pet Dental Services

Many pet owners may not realize the importance of regular dental care for their pets. However, just like humans, pets can develop plaque and tartar buildup on their teeth, leading to dental disease. This can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss in pets. Regular dental cleanings and check-ups can help prevent these issues and keep your pet's mouth healthy.

Signs of Dental Disease in Pets

  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Facial swelling
  • Changes in eating habits or behavior
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Sneezing, nasal discharge, or excessive salivation
  • Red swollen gums or bleeding from the mouth
  • Refusal to play with toys
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth

Pet Dental Cleaning

The first step in a pet dental cleaning is a thorough examination of your pet's mouth. This allows us to identify any problem areas and determine the best course of action. Next, your pet's teeth will be scaled to remove any plaque and tartar buildup. This is done using specialized tools that are designed to gently remove buildup without damaging the teeth. After scaling, the teeth will be polished to smooth out any rough areas and make it more difficult for plaque to adhere to the teeth in the future. In some cases, your pet may also need a fluoride treatment to strengthen their teeth and prevent decay.

Your pet may also require a dental extraction if a tooth is severely decayed or infected. This procedure is done under anesthesia to ensure your pet's comfort and safety.

What to Expect During the Process

As mentioned earlier, your pet will be placed under general anesthesia for the cleaning. This is to ensure their safety and comfort during the procedure. We will monitor your pet's vital signs throughout the cleaning to ensure they are stable. Once the cleaning is complete, your pet will be monitored until they are fully awake and able to stand on their own. Depending on the severity of your pet's dental issues, they may need to stay at the hospital for a few hours or overnight for observation.

At-Home Dental Care

In addition to regular professional cleanings, pet owners need to practice at-home dental care for their pets. This can include brushing your pet's teeth with pet-safe toothpaste, providing dental chews or treats, and using water additives that help prevent plaque and tartar buildup. We will recommend the best at-home dental care routine for your pet based on their individual needs.

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