Does Your Dog or Cat Need Dental Care?
One of our pets’ many instincts is to hide any signs that they are not feeling their best. Dental issues can fester unnoticed for months or even years before resulting in any clinical signs.
Here are some of the things we recommend looking for if you think your pet might have a dental issue:
- Bad breath
- Dropping food
- Chewing on one side of their mouth
- Avoiding chew toys or any tug-of-war games
- Red, swollen gums
- Rubbing or pawing at the mouth or muzzle
Oral Health Care Procedures We Provide for Dogs and Cats
At Abell Animal Hospital, we offer comprehensive dental services for your beloved companion to keep their teeth and gums healthy:
- Thorough dental exams
- Dental X-rays to check for disease and/or damage below the gum line
- Ultrasonic and hand scaling to remove tartar buildup
- Enamel polishing to delay future plaque and tartar formation
- Home dental care instructions and product recommendations
What to Expect if Your Pet Needs a Tooth Extracted
If necessary, our team can also perform dental extractions to remove damaged and/or infected teeth. Should an extraction be recommended for your pet, we will contact you to explain the situation and obtain your approval to go forward with the extraction. Your pet will receive the necessary pain management to help them recover more comfortably after the procedure.
At-Home Dental Care
Dental chews and treats are helpful tools to improve our pet’s dental care, but the best way to reduce the risk of dental problems is brushing your dog’s or cat’s teeth every day. By doing so, you can help to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. Our team is happy to provide any additional recommendations for dental products as well, such as dental chews, tartar control diets, and oral care wipes.