Complete Dental Care
At Lakeside, we see dental care as an important part of your pet’s overall healthcare. We’ll work with you to teach you how to properly brush and maintain your pet’s teeth in an effort to keep him or her healthy. We recommend daily home dental care, annual examinations (during your annual physical check-up) and professional pet dental cleanings when necessary. By keeping up with your pet’s dental care, you’ll help him avoid bad breath, mouth pain, and loss of teeth. In extreme cases, chronic dental disease can even lead to heart and kidney disease in your pet.
While we humans are most often bothered by cavities, our pets have the same problem with tartar build-up on their teeth, which can cause gum irritation at the base of their teeth and lead to infection and tooth loss. Once tartar builds up, there is no way to remove it, other than a professional cleaning. The pet dental cleaning process will also allow your veterinarian to get a closer look inside your pet’s mouth, giving him or her the opportunity to diagnose any dental disease that may be present.
Some signs of dental disease to watch for in your pets (both dogs and cats) include:
- Bad breath
- Difficulty eating
- A change in temperament
Professional pet dental cleaning is a routine procedure, but it does require your pet to undergo anesthesia. While there is always a degree of risk with any anesthetic, delaying proper dental care can also compromise your pet’s health. Our veterinarians use modern anesthetics and equipment to provide the best possible outcome for your pet.
When you make an appointment for a professional dental cleaning for your pet, we ask that you withhold food after 8:00 p.m. the night before (continuing water intake), and bring him or her to the hospital between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. the day of the procedure. Typically, your pet will be ready to go home in the afternoon the same day of the procedure, but he must stay indoors that night to prevent falls or accidents until he fully recovers from the anesthesia. The following day, your pet should be back to normal. Your veterinarian will discuss these details and more with you when you schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.
For more information about dental health for your pet you can read our dog dental health and cat dental health information sheets, or give us a call.