Dental Care for Your Pet
Your dog jumps up to lick your face, and you’re confronted by a wave of terrible breath. Is it normal for their breath to be this bad? Actually, it isn’t, and you should contact us right away for an exam so we can investigate the cause of that awful odor. Pet dental care should not be a once-in-a-lifetime event for your pet; it should be as much of a routine process for them as it is for you! Our veterinarians in Marinette can perform a variety of pet dental care services to help you keep your loved one’s teeth white and healthy.
Our Pet Dental Care Services in Marinette
From routine cleanings to oral surgery, we offer complete care for maintaining your pet’s oral health. Our dental/oral services include:
- Oral exams
- Dental cleanings with ultrasonic scaler
- Digital dental X-rays
- Tooth extractions
- Epulis/oral mass removals
- Cleft/elongated palate repair
- Laryngeal paralysis correction (pulling back vocal cords)
Why Your Pet Needs Routine Dental Care
We keep plaque and tartar at bay by brushing our teeth twice a day and scheduling bi-annual checkups with our dentist. Your pet probably doesn’t have a similar routine, which is why plaque can accumulate on their teeth very quickly, leading to gingivitis or even gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque transforms into calculus and spreads below the gum line. This inflammatory condition includes both gingivitis and periodontitis, which involves the loss of bone and soft tissue around the teeth.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Be on the lookout for the following symptoms, which could indicate the onset of gum disease in your pet:
- Bad breath
- Loose and/or broken teeth
- Teeth that are brown/yellow
- Swollen, bright red gums
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty chewing/eating
- Reduced appetite
- Swelling around the face
- Pawing at the mouth
If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, we ask that you call us right away to schedule an exam. A teeth cleaning and dental X-rays may be necessary. Often, we won’t know the overall condition of your pet’s teeth until they’re sedated and we can take a closer look.
We’ll Help You Maintain Your Pet’s Pearly Whites
Your veterinarian will explain every step of the process for you so you understand what your pet needs, and why. Allowing bacteria to wreak havoc in your pet’s mouth can lead to not only tooth and/or bone loss, but heart disease as well. Our goal is to prevent this from occurring in your pet, and to help you adopt healthy habits to keep their teeth clean. We recommend brushing their teeth at home at least once a week! If you need help brushing your pet’s teeth or would like to schedule an oral exam, give us a call at (715) 735-9511.