Pet Dental Care

It is possible to add years to your pet's life with proper dental care and can enhance your pet's health, vitality and wellbeing.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition and can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are noticeable. For example, oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream can damage your pet's kidneys, heart or liver. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.

We strongly believe that dental care is an important piece of your dog or cat's preventive health care program. Proper dental hygiene will not only prevent dental and systemic disease, but will also help minimize the lifetime cost of care for your pet.

Dental Before and After

Dental Services

The centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning. Dental cleanings include ultrasonic scaling followed by polishing and a mouth rinse, the combination of which is designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

We also offer digital dental X-rays, which are high-definition images that provide a view below your pet's gum line and newsjaw in order to look for evidence of dental disease that cannot be seen by visual examination alone. This is a wonderful tool for enabling the treatment of dental issues before they become much larger and more expensive medical issues.

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth decay, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and provide treatment options. We are capable of offering a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries. For more complicated or severe cases, we may refer you to a board certified specialist.

We offer:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of Periodontal disease
  • X-rays
  • Supra and Subgingival scaling
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Flouride application
  • Dental extractions and cleanings
  • Ulrasound scaler for dentals
  • EKG
  • Procedures and surgery

Home Dental Care

Dental care is not something that can be left to periodic visits with us. Because plaque buildup – the primary cause of poor oral health – is a gradual process occurring throughout the life of your pet, it is important to practice good home dental care. As with humans, this means regular tooth brushing and in some cases additional steps may be necessary. Any member of the our staff is trained to show you the proper method for caring for your pet's teeth as well as help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.

You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health. If you notice any of the following you may want to contact us:

  • Persistent bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • Tartar or plaque buildup (ask your veterinarian how to identify these)
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

The entire staff at Stoneledge Animal Hospital is dedicated to educating you about the importance of dental health and the home care products we offer are carefully researched before selected for their optimum health benefits.

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