At Highway 58 Animal Hospital we recommend initiating regular dental cleanings and exams when your pets are young to prevent the development of periodontal disease. A fact that you may find surprising is that regular dental screenings and oral hygiene can actually add years to the life of your pet. Routine checkups and cleanings from your veterinarian are key factors in keeping your pet healthy and avoiding dental problems before they affect your pet’s overall health.
Highway 58 Animal Hospital provides more than just dental screenings and cleanings, however. Our experienced veterinarians also utilize Computerized Tomography (CT) scans on every dental to diagnose facial trauma, tumors/masses, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease, in addition to dental disease. CT scans supply our veterinarians with anatomically accurate, undistorted images that enable our doctors to diagnose your pet’s condition and offer treatment in a single quick and efficient procedure. Highway 58 Animal Hospital is committed to providing innovative, high quality care for your pet.
Recognizing that dental care is an often neglected aspect of dog and cat health care, Highway 58 Animal Hospital offers dental services that include:
- Anesthetic blood profile
IV Catheter/Fluids during procedure
- Full Head CT Scan
Complete oral examination under anesthesia
- Local anesthetic for superior pain control
Cleaning and polishing
- Tooth extractions
Periodontal disease affects the gums and supporting tissue of the teeth. This is caused by a buildup of bacteria and plaque on your pet's teeth and gums. Left untreated, dental disease can cause bad breath, oral pain, tooth decay and loss, diminished quality of life, as well as bacterial infections that can cause injury to the liver, kidneys, heart, and other organs.
Contact us to have your pet’s teeth checked soon if you observe any of the following problems:
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Pawing at the face or mouth or rubbing the face on the floor
- Swelling of the face
- Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- Broken or loose teeth
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
To ensure that your pet maintains a healthy mouth, bring your pet in for an annual dental exam. Don’t wait for the annual checkup, however, if you suspect a problem. Call us today to schedule your pet’s dental visit.