As part of your pet’s overall health, dental care should not be ignored. You may not spend a lot of time looking inside your pet’s mouth, but it is important that you have a qualified veterinarian help to maintain your animal’s dental health.
Who handles pet dental care?
Your veterinarian or a board-certified vet dentist can perform regular dental check-ups for your pet. If you’re in the Lewistown or Mifflintown areas, Pleasantview Veterinary Clinic can schedule routine dental exams for your pet.
What kind of dental care does my pet need?
An annual dental check-up as part of your pet’s healthcare will give your vet an opportunity to look for any potential problems. If you suspect your pet is experiencing pain because of a dental issue, contact our vet for an appointment. By attempting to examine your pet on your own, you may risk getting bitten.
What are some signs of dental problems in my pet?
If your pet is experiencing changes in his eating habits, like a reduced appetite, that may be an indication that eating is painful for him. You may also notice that his breath odor is foul-smelling or that he is excessively drooling or dropping food when eating. If you are able to carefully examine your pet’s mouth, you may see swollen, discolored gums, teeth that are loose or falling out, or thick tartar build-up on the teeth.
What causes pet dental problems?
Periodontal disease can be a common cause of many dental problems. If not treated, the build-up of plaque and tartar that causes periodontal disease can accumulate below the gum line and cause infection, pain, and possible damage to the jawbone. This will usually show up within an animal’s first three years of life. When adopting a pet that may not have had regular dental check-ups, making an appointment for a dental evaluation is a good idea. For pets adopted from a rescue center, you may not know your pet’s age. Working with your vet, you can often determine an approximate age based on their dental condition and help ward off any potential problems.
Does treatment require anesthesia?
Using anesthesia for the treatment of pet dental problems depends on your animal and the treatment required. In some cases, minor procedures may require light doses of anesthesia to reduce your pet’s stress level. For more invasive treatments, using anesthesia allows us to treat your pet with minimal pain and stress while achieving the best results in the quickest time.
Contact Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic in Lewistown, or Juniata Veterinary Clinic in Mifflintown, for a consultation regarding your pet's dental care and course of treatment.