“Dog breath” is not normal. At Fairview Animal Hospital, we are committed to preventing and treating periodontal disease. As part of your pet’s regular examination, your veterinarian will perform a comprehensive oral exam. Based on the size, age, breed, and health of your pet, the doctor will make recommendations for appropriate pet dental care and oral health at that time.
The oral and dental health of all animals, whether large or small, is critical. Studies have estimated that by 3 years of age, over 80% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease. Research has shown that bacteria from the mouth can result in disease in other organs of the body, primarily the kidneys, heart, and liver. Please visit “Your Pet’s Dental Health” to learn more.
While receiving dental care, your pet will monitored and supported in the same manner as our other surgical patients. Your pet will receive continual monitoring when anesthesia is used as well as intravenous (IV) fluids.
Dental veterinary services include:
- Routine prophylaxis removes the plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. We polish the teeth, probing and exploring for periodontal disease and chart these findings.
- Dental extractions remove teeth that are causing chronic pain or harboring harmful bacteria and disease.
- Periodontal therapy treats the gums and underlying tissues for periodontal disease caused by bacteria. Gingivitis and periodontal disease are reversible. When periodontal disease is detected and treated early, your pet avoids greater problems.
- Local nerve blocks and systemic pain medication help reduce the discomfort associated with some dental procedures such as extractions.
- Post-cleaning laser treatment to reduce inflammation and bacterial complications.
- Digital dental radiography to produce images of your pet’s teeth and jaws, allowing us to detect periodontal disease below the gingiva
- Oral Home Health Care Kit to give you a sampling of home dental care products which will help maintain your pet’s oral health.