Pet Dentistry

Pet Dentistry

While we humans know we need to take care of our own teeth, most of us don’t realize that our pets’ teeth need regular dental care, too. Our veterinarian at South Meadow Animal Clinic is proud to provide pet dentistry services to our feline and canine patients.

Does My Pet Really Need Dental Care? The Importance of Pet Dental Care

Left unattended, cats and dogs are at risk of developing periodontal disease (also called gum disease or dental disease). A bacterial infection of the gums, periodontal disease can cause dental problems, in addition to putting a pet’s general health at risk.
Gum disease not only causes tooth decay and oral pain, but bacteria can enter the bloodstream and damage a pet’s internal organs. This damages the kidneys, liver, and heart and can lead to an early death.
Unfortunately, most cats (70%) and dogs (80%) over age three in the United States suffer some form of periodontal disease.

Signs of Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats

What to Expect During a Pet Dental Exam

Pet dental appointments are similar to a human’s appointment, except that they occur with our patient under general anesthesia. We might recommend running a blood panel and performing a physical examination before the appointment to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure.
During your pet’s appointment, we’ll scale and polish their teeth to remove plaque and tartar while visually examining their oral cavity for any signs of cracked or broken teeth, infection, or other health concerns. If necessary, we might also recommend extracting troublesome teeth.
Following the dental exam, we’ll keep your pet under supervision and contact you once your pet is awake and ready to return home.

How to Care for Your Pet's Teeth at Home

One of the most important aspects of pet dental care is what happens in between professional dental exams. You can care for your pet’s teeth at home by brushing with a specially designed pet toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated (and flavored) for pets.
Additionally, consider providing your pet with dental-friendly chew toys and treats. If your pet’s dental health is a major concern, our dentist might talk with you about switching your pet’s diet to a dental-friendly food.

Schedule a Dental Exam for Your Pet Today

If your pet has signs of dental disease, we encourage you to schedule a pet dentistry appointment at South Meadow Animal Clinic in Fort Worth.