Most pet owners don’t realize just how important their pets’ dental health is. More than 50% of cats and 85% of dogs suffer from some level of dental disease, which can seriously impact your pet’s overall health. We teach you how to care for your pet’s teeth at home, but we know that sometimes that is not enough.
Part of every examination our doctors perform includes a thorough look at your pet’s mouth to assess whether there is a problem that needs professional attention. Our veterinarians are skilled at providing professional teeth cleaning, which directly contributes to the health and well being of your pet. A complete oral exam requires anesthesia and will be performed at the beginning of the procedure.
Signs of dental disease
- Bad breath
- Yellowish plaque on your pet’s tooth surfaces, particularly near the gum line
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding or pain when your pet is eating
- Loss of appetite
- Missing or loose teeth
If you notice any of the above symptoms in your pet, please contact us to schedule a thorough checkup. We will teach you how to clean your pet’s teeth at home, as well as provide professional cleaning here at our hospital.
What to expect when your pet comes for a professional cleaning
Pets who receive dental cleaning at North Hills Veterinary Clinic are put under anesthesia to ensure the utmost comfort and safety during the procedure. As with any veterinary surgery at our hospital, your pet is closely monitored at all times before, during, and after the procedure. Clients are typically able to take their pets home on the same day as the cleaning, though there may be exceptions, depending on your pet’s particular medical needs. If health of roots or gums is questionable, we have the ability to take digital dental X-rays at our office. This allows us to monitor tooth root health. If roots are infected or loose, extractions can be performed to provide relief.