The Importance of Pet Dentistry for Chandler Pets
Dental health is one of the most important components of a pet’s overall health, but sadly, it’s also one of the most neglected. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Dental College, more than 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by just 3 years of age. Dental disease can cause a number of problems for your pet, including heart, liver, and kidney disease, if allowed to progress to its most advanced stage (advanced periodontitis).
At Animal Medical Center of Chandler, we take a preemptive approach to pet dental health to help lower the number of dogs and cats affected by gum disease. That’s why we recommend that you bring your pet in for a comprehensive wellness exam at least once a year. During these visits, we can examine your pet’s mouth to determine if a cleaning is necessary.
About Our Pet Dental Services
Our hospital is equipped with a standalone dental unit, which allows us to perform several pet dentistry services in-house. These services are intended to not only treat pet dental disease, but to prevent it. For the safety of our patients, we perform all dental procedures under general anesthesia. All patients have pre-anesthetic blood work performed prior to dental care and are given an IV catheter, fluids, and a pain block. We also monitor each patient’s vital signs before, during, and after treatment using advanced monitoring equipment. Our pet dental services include:
- Pet dental exam
- Pre-anesthetic blood work
- General anesthesia
- Ultrasonic scaling (teeth cleaning)
- Teeth polishing
- Dental X-rays
Does My Pet Need Dental Care?
In most cases, the answer to this question can be easily determined by simply examining your pet’s teeth and gums, or “flipping the lip.” The following is a list of some of the most common signs that are associated with gum disease in pets. Our doctors and technicians can perform a thorough evaluation of your pet’s mouth to make an official diagnosis. However, we recommend that you become familiar with these signs so you can be more proactive about your companion’s oral health.
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown tartar buildup
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Trouble eating or keeping food in the mouth
- Pawing at the face/mouth area
If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your pet, or if it’s simply been a while since he/she has seen a vet, give Animal Medical Center of Chandler a call at 480-339-0406.