Pet Dental Care
Dental disease is one of the most common diseases we treat in dogs and cats. Both dogs and cats need preventative dental care as part of their health care routine to avoid tooth loss, infection and serious illness resulting from poor dental care. Without dental care, bacteria and plaque buildup on your pet’s teeth, hardening into tartar, causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. It will progress to periodontitis, which is characterized by pockets of chronic infection, oral pain, and severe infections. The infection under the gum line can also spread to the liver, kidneys and heart.
Dental Care for Dogs and Cats in Chapel Hill & Marshall County
Veterinary Services in Chapel Hill provides professional pet dental cleaning and dental care:
- Oral/dental exams.
- Comprehensive dental cleanings, polishing and fluoride treatments.
- Minor oral surgery including, but not limited to, tooth extractions, fistula repairs and removal of oral tumors.
- Comprehensive pain management before, during and after any oral procedure that may produce discomfort.
- Home dental care instructions and product recommendations.
Good dental care requires your pet to be placed under safe anesthesia. At Veterinary Services, your pet’s safety is our top priority. This is why we give all pets a physical exam and recommend a blood test prior to anesthesia to be sure your pet is healthy. Your pet will be monitored throughout the dental procedure by our knowledgeable, well-trained technicians with the aid of digital monitoring equipment.
At Home Dental Care
Brushing your pet’s teeth every day can help reduce or eliminate plaque buildup. We can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at your next wellness exam, or give us a call for instructions. Also, there are many good products on the market that can help you with good oral care for your dog and cat.
Signs of Dental Disease in Pets
Please call us to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian if your dog or cat is exhibiting any of these signs of dental diseases:
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
- Bleeding from the mouth