Dental Care Services for Pets

Dental cleanings and regular brushing can prevent periodontal disease in your loyal companion.

The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental (periodontal) disease by age 3. Sadly, dental care is not always a priority when it comes to the overall health of loyal companions. As easy as it is for canines and felines to develop the disease it can easily be prevented with a proper dental routine. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment needed for dental procedures. It’s never too late to get your cat or dog on the right track to an amazing smile and oral health. To schedule a dental appointment, please call us at 204-589-8381.

What are signs of dental disease in felines and canines?

You would be surprised to know that bad breath is a sign of dental disease. Here are some other signs to be on the lookout for:

  • Yellow or brown buildup on their teeth
  • Swollen, bleeding, or red gums
  • Excessive drooling 
  • Pawing at the face
  • Depression
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Loose teeth

Why is dental care so important for dogs and cats?

The oral cavity is vascular which means it is connected to the cardiovascular system. The mouth is supplied with blood through the veins and arteries. When there is an infection in the mouth due to periodontal disease, it can spread to other parts of the circulatory system. It can spread to important organs such as the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If the disease isn’t caught and treated early it can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.

Is anesthesia necessary for dental procedures?

Using anesthesia is a must for dental cleanings and other procedures. Without anesthesia, it is unsafe and impossible to conduct a thorough assessment. We understand pet owners worry when anesthesia is involved which is why we follow strict protocols to avoid any complications. When anesthesia is used, a dental X-ray can be performed to examine below the gum line (where 60% of the tooth is) and identify periodontal disease. Our team will also safely scale and polish the teeth since the patient is unconscious and won’t feel anything. 

How can I keep my cat or dog’s teeth healthy?

Professional dental cleanings by your veterinarian are extremely important to ensure good oral health. At home, it is essential that you brush your cat/dog’s mouth regularly. Our team can demonstrate how to brush their teeth in a safe and gentle way. Refrain from using human dental products on your canine or feline companion’s teeth and gums. We suggest using a pet-safe toothbrush and toothpaste made for cats and dogs. Your veterinarian can also recommend foods and treats that can clean their teeth while they eat.

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