At Lake Forest Animal Clinic, we are committed to keeping your pets healthy and active for life. That's why one of the services our veterinarians offer is pet dentistry. Just think about how your breath might smell if you didn't brush every day. Or imagine how painful it could be to chew your food if your teeth were loose and infected. These problems affect many pets, but routine visits where thorough check ups can reveal the need for dental work, can keep this from happening to your pet.
Our veterinarian advises pet owners that routine dental care is an essential part of overall pet wellness. Without it, tartar and plaque can begin to build up on your pet's teeth. When this buildup hardens it starts to push against the gum line, allowing infection to set in which can lead to an abscess and periodontal disease. Eventually the teeth could become loose and fall out, but this may not even be the worst symptom your pet could experience. Once an infection has penetrated the gums, bacteria can enter the blood stream. From there it can affect other parts of your pet's body including the kidneys, heart, liver, and intestinal tract. In the most severe cases, it may even result in death. Signs that your pet may be experiencing dental problems include difficultly chewing or swallowing, red or bleeding gums, listlessness or disinterest in food, drooling, and failure to groom in cats. Fortunately, the disease progresses slowly and there are actions we can take. If you should notice any of these symptoms in your pet make an appointment for dental pet services at our vet clinic as soon as possible.
There are two types of dental cleanings offered at Lake Forest Animal Clinic: a non-anesthetic dental and an anesthetic dental. The veterinarian will advise you to which type of dental is most appropriate to address the dental needs of your pet. A non-anesthetic dental is useful for pets having a minimum to moderate amount of plaque build up without loose or infected teeth. In moderate to severe dental issues, an anesthetic dental is necessary which involves the scraping and removing of tartar build-up, polishing of the teeth, and applying a protective fluoride coating. In addition, any infected teeth can be extracted followed by oral antibiotics and pain medication.
Our veterinarians will also advise you of pet dental care steps you can take at home to help keep your pet's teeth healthy. We may show you how to brush your pet's teeth to reduce plaque and tartar. Dry pet food and certain chew toys are often recommended. Our veterinarians are looking after all aspects of your pet's health!
Call us at (949) 837-7660 to schedule a dental evaluation for your pet.