Dental Services at Veterinary Wellness Center of Boerum Hill
Our veterinarians take oral hygiene for our pet friends seriously. We often see periodontal disease in dogs and cats, which is the most common disorder affecting our pets nationwide. By age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Pet dental health is just as important as their general health, and since our animal companions can’t schedule their dental visits or brush their own teeth, it’s up to you, their faithful human, to take the lead.
Symptoms of Pet Dental Problems
Please contact us if you notice your pet has:
- Lost weight
- Terrible breath
- Excessive tartar
- Bleeding gums
- Constant drooling
- Loose, dead or broken teeth
If any or all of these symptoms apply, your animal pal may be suffering from periodontal disease, which causes bloody, receding gums and eventually tooth loss. Additionally, broken or infected abscessed teeth could spread deadly bacteria to the lungs and heart if not treated. We recommend pet dental cleanings and home brushing to help combat periodontal disease.
What Happens When You Schedule a Dental Cleaning
After an initial consultation, our veterinarians will take a blood sample to make sure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. If they are healthy enough, we will send them to a peaceful sleep under observations and care from our experienced team. While your pet is slumbering, we will perform a full oral examination and take X-rays to identify:
- Broken teeth
- Damaged roots
- Dead teeth
- Abscessed and infected teeth
- Signs of periodontal disease
After taking X-rays, we will clean the gum line to remove bacteria to keep their gums strong and healthy and remove any visible tartar or plaque. We will then polish your pet’s teeth to give them a healthy, natural shine, which prevents plaque and bacteria.
After the procedure, we will recommend a cleaning schedule and additional advice and supplies to care for your pet’s oral health.