Many people don’t realize that your pet’s oral health is essential in maintaining their overall wellbeing. Strong, healthy teeth, means a happy and stable life and Northlake Animal Hospital is excited to provide our excellent dental care for your animal. We offer a comprehensive range of services as well as anesthetic and non-anesthetic procedures.
Oral health is as important to a pet as it is to humans. Many of the same afflictions that humans suffer from can happen to your dog or cat. Periodontal disease, for example, is quite common, as tartar and plaque build-up tend to sit on a pet's teeth for a long time before someone takes notice. Additionally, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and travel to different organs which can cause serious harm. Regular cleaning and observation can protect your pet from lasting damage.
At Northlake Animal Hospital, we believe that our time is best spent on prevention so that your pet can avoid health issues in the first place. Our comprehensive exams include thorough oral examinations and full mouth digital dental x-rays. We are equipped to handle simple and complex dental procedures with or without anesthesia.
Prevention is always the best treatment. We recommend that your pet receive two oral examinations every year. That way we can note any changes to your pet's oral health and provide early treatment to conditions before they worsen.
We’ve all heard of ‘dog breath,’ but there’s a difference between a normal scent and a sign of gum disease. If you notice a strange and unfamiliar scent coming from your dog’s mouth, don’t assume it’s normal. Other signs of periodontal disease include:
Some people think that it’s a good idea to wait for the symptoms to subside or worsen before visiting the vet, but it’s quite the opposite. Dental conditions can quickly worsen and for that reason, if you think your pet has dental disease, you should schedule a consultation right away. Once you come in for a visit, we can determine if they need an anesthetic or non-anesthetic cleaning.
Whether or not your pet needs anesthesia depends on the progression of a given dental disease. Non-anesthetic methods are best used for preventive care, especially in older patients. Anesthetic dental cleanings, on the other hand, are best suited for cases of advanced dental disease as they might require a more thorough procedure.
Cats are quite susceptible to several dental diseases such as stomatitis or feline oral resorptive lesions (FORL) and for that reason, routine care is incredibly important. In cases of FORL, for example, we can only diagnose the progression using radiographs. By bringing your cat twice a year for regular exams, we can keep an eye on any dental disease and give your pet treatment right when they need it.
An early start is the key to maintaining a lifetime of excellent oral health. Brushing your pet’s teeth from the time they are a pup will teach them to accept or even like the process. To maintain healthy teeth, you should brush their teeth at least three times a week.
Taking care of your pet’s teeth at home is now easier than ever. You can choose a toothpaste flavor they might enjoy making them less likely to be fussy during the brushing process. After regular brushing for a few weeks, they will grow accustomed to the treatment and might even welcome their regular brushing.
Northlake Animal Hospital always puts pets first. We offer a wide range of dental products including specialized diets, toothpaste, toothbrushes, chews, and more. If your pet needs professional dental care, we also offer many services to keep your pet’s teeth in top shape. Contact us today to experience the difference at Northlake Animal Hospital!