Maintaining a healthy mouth is one of the most important things you can do as a pet owner to help your pet live a long and pain free life. Dental disease is a major concern for many of our dog and cat friends. Many animals, especially small breed dogs, have a strong genetic disposition towards dental disease and need active management and intervention to avoid developing severe dental disease.
Symptoms of Pet Dental Disease
Following are the major signs and symptoms of poor oral hygiene and pet dental disease:
- Dental calculus (tartar buildup)
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Discomfort while chewing.
- Loose or broken teeth
When Dentistry is Necessary
Many pets, despite our best efforts with brushing and dental chewing, will need dental cleanings under general anesthesia. This gives us that chance to take X-rays, deep clean the teeth, and address diseased teeth. Removing loose or abscessed teeth is critical to protecting the most important teeth in the mouth- the Canines and the large molars, to maintain your pet's facial structure, confidence and ability to chew.
Mill Valley Pet Clinic offers high quality veterinary dentistry, with full mouth x-rays, state of the art anesthetic monitoring, and a highly trained and experienced staff. Whether your pet needs a simple cleaning, tooth extractions, or endodontics, we are here to help.