care_animal_hospital_dental_specialImage40Comprehensive routine care for the teeth and gums has been proven to extend your pet’s life. Care Animal Hospital recommends regular cleanings as part of a routine that will maintain your pet’s health and keep him or her lively and happy for a long time. We regularly check your pet’s mouth for:

• Correct bite
• Jaw injury
• Abscesses
• Gingivitis
• Fractured teeth
• Damage to tooth enamel
• Tartar and calculus build up

After an examination, depending on the condition of your pet’s teeth and mouth, recommendations for care are made. If left on the teeth, tartar and plaque can make your pet very sick, as the bacteria they contain can enter the bloodstream through the gums. We often advise beginning professional cleanings for pets’ teeth at the age of 1 to 2 years, depending on breed. Treatment plans and recommendations are always made on an individual basis.

Help to Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Healthy
Along with regular visits to clean and polish the teeth above and below the gum line, we have some ways you can participate in ensuring your pet’s oral health. We often recommend using OraVet, a gel that is spread onto the teeth at the gum line to prevent plaque. It is odorless, tasteless, and invisible and does not interfere with chewing or tooth brushing. If needed, we can also advise you on what special foods and chewy treats to give your pet. Although they are not a replacement for regular cleanings, they can be beneficial as part of your pet’s regular dental routine.

Tooth Extraction
Even when all precautions are taken, a tooth may become damaged. We always try to save them, but sometimes problem teeth might need to be extracted. We administer general anesthesia so that your pet will have no anxiety. Pain medication is given to ensure additional pain relief before, during, and after all procedures. After an extraction, your pet will probably feel better and be relieved.