Comprehensive Pet Dental Care
Dental health can be directly related to many aspects of our physical health. This is the same for cats and dogs and that’s why we provide a full range of veterinary dental services for Ames and the surrounding regions. Pet dental care can prevent common, serious issues in your pet’s mouth, like gum disease and periodontitis. By teaching pet owners proper at-home maintenance, giving professional dental cleanings and taking X-rays, we can keep your pet’s mouth fresh and healthy.
Preventing Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is incredibly common in pets and includes many symptoms, from bad breath to reddening of the gums. If not treated properly, it can become very serious and lead to tooth decay, weakening of the immune system and jaw bone, in addition to loss of gum tissue. The American Veterinary Dental College cites that by age three most dogs and cats show some symptoms of gum disease. Yearly pet dental care at Somerset Veterinary Hospital can easily prevent the troublesome effects of periodontal disease.
Signs your pet may need a dental checkup include:
- Foul breath
- Discolored, yellow teeth
- Loose or broken teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Easily dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding or reddening of the gums
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
Keeping Teeth and Gums Healthy
Pet dental care at Somerset includes a thorough examination of your pet’s teeth and gums. We take X-rays to help identify tooth decay, abscesses and broken teeth. We also remove built-up tartar that can invade your pet’s gum-line, causing periodontal disease. We’re well equipped to take care of your pet’s dental needs by performing:
- Ultrasonic scaling and polishing
- Surgical extractions
- Oral surgery
- Fluoride treatments
Professional dental examinations and treatments one or two times a year are a great start at keeping your pet’s mouth fresh. Regular at-home maintenance is essential too though. Our veterinarians recommend at-home oral care to prevent dental issues and offer personal demonstrations to make sure you’re brushing your pet’s teeth properly. We also provide a variety of dental care products for sale at our hospital. If you have any questions about your pet’s oral care, please contact us today. We love pets like our own and we’re ready to guide you on their dental care.