It’s often overlooked by pet owners, but proper dental care and oral hygiene are just as important for your dog or cat as it is for you and your family. Periodontal disease is very common in pets and most begin to show symptoms of it by the time they are three years of age. It is caused by bacteria that thrive in the plaque and tartar that builds up on their teeth without regular care. It’s the primary cause of gum disease and tooth decay. It can cause loss of teeth, swollen and bleeding gums, and eating problems due to oral pain and discomfort. If not diagnosed and treated early, the infections associated with periodontal disease can spread throughout the body, seriously damaging internal organs including the heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs. The best way to prevent oral disease and the damage it can cause is through annual dental exams and teeth cleaning. That’s why the Hudson Pet Hospital offers comprehensive pet dentistry services in Hudson, WI.
Pet Dentistry At Hudson Animal Hospital
We have a fully-equipped surgical suite and diagnostic laboratory to ensure your pet receives the very best dental care. When your pet arrives at the hospital for its dental exam and cleaning, a full set of X-rays will be taken and analyzed. Then your pet will be given anesthesia to keep them calm during the procedure.
Your veterinarian will inspect their teeth with special tools looking for cavities and signs of infection. Fillings will be applied if required, and tooth extractions performed if necessary. Then your pet’s teeth will be cleaned, scaled, and polished to a shiny white. They’ll spend some time in recovery, and then you can take them home.
Pet Dentistry At Home
You can promote good oral hygiene in your pet right at home. Inspect their teeth weekly, looking for symptoms of dental problems including excessive plaque buildup, loose or missing teeth, bleeding and/or swollen gums, and indications of mouth pain. Ask your veterinarian about techniques to train your pet to let you brush their teeth. They can tell you about special chews and treats and dental diets that you can give your pet to promote good oral hygiene and health.
The Hudson Animal Hospital is ready to provide your cat or dog with superior pet dentistry. To schedule an appointment for a dental exam and teeth cleaning use our online form and we’ll contact you shortly.