Pet Dental Care
Langley Animal Clinic
Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health and well-being. Periodontal or dental disease is common in the majority of pets by the time they are three years of age, and if left untreated, can lead to a number of other health concerns. An annual dental examination with your veterinarian can catch early signs of disease and ensure your pet’s mouth stays healthy.
Common or Routine Pet Dental Care
- Bad breath
- Broken or loose teeth
- Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
If your cat or dog is experiencing any of the above signs, please contact us right away to book your appointment.
It is recommended that pets get their teeth professionally cleaned and polished every year to ensure that any signs of disease are caught early enough to treat. Our dental cleanings are done under general anesthesia, during which a complete scaling of each tooth is preformed to remove the tartar and plaque buildup from the tooth surface both above and below the gum line. After the teeth are cleaned, they are then polished to delay the recurrence of tartar and plaque.
During your pet’s dental procedure, full mouth radiographs may be preformed to allow the veterinarian to thoroughly evaluate the degree of periodontal disease that your pet has below the gum line. It also allows the veterinarian to evaluate the upper and lower jaw.
After radiographs are preformed, the veterinarian will know whether or not your pet will require extractions. If extractions are required, a nerve block will be administered and the doctor will preform the necessary extractions. Medications such as antibiotics and pain relief will be sent home in most cases, as well as a soft food recommendation until the extraction sites are properly healed.
All patients get a complimentary two week follow up with one of our technicians to ensure they are healing up well after their dental procedure. During this follow up, the technician will also go through the importance of a dental home care for your pet, such as daily tooth brushing, dental diets and dental treats or chews.
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