Dog and Cat Dental Care
Good oral hygiene and dental care is an important part of overall health. At every physical exam, your animal’s teeth will be checked for dental disease. Chronic infection of the gums can lead to heart and kidney disease. We provide cleanings and exams of the mouth under anesthesia to check for any deep infections, clean the teeth, pull any painful loose teeth, and treat gum disease. We are also happy to demonstrate proper brushing techniques for your cat and dog that will enable your pet to go longer between anesthetized treatments. Digital dental radiography is available to see below the gumline.
Why Your Pet Needs a Dental Exam
Not sure if your pet needs a dental checkup? Look for these signs, which indicate not just poor oral hygiene, but also poor health:
- Bad breath
- Red and swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food while eating (could indicate oral pain)
- Yellow/brown buildup on the teeth
- Pawing at mouth
- Change in behavior (sleeping more often, reluctant to play with chew toys)
- Decreased appetite, weight loss
Scheduling a Teeth Cleaning
If you notice any of the signs listed above, contact us to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat at any three of our Metro Paws Animal Hospital locations.