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Pet Dental Care Keeps Mouths and Bodies Healthy

Good oral health is a no-brainer for us, but what about our pets? Don’t they need to have clean teeth and healthy mouths, too? Unfortunately, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), many cats and dogs will begin to develop gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) by age 3. Our pets simply aren’t getting the dental care they need, be it at home or at the vet. Here at Groveport Canal Animal Hospital, we’re fully committed to keeping your pet healthy in every aspect, and we’re happy to educate our clients on the best dental care practices.

Our Pet Dental Care Services

We offer a complete spectrum of pet dental care services here in Groveport that are designed to meet all of your animal companion’s dental needs. These include:

  • Routine oral exams
  • Dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning)
  • Exodontics (extractions)
  • Digital dental X-rays (before and after cleanings)
  • Home brushing demonstrations
  • Dental chews

Pet dental care always begins with a thorough oral examination. Prior to dental prophylaxis, we recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for all patients (and require it for senior patients). Dental X-rays are always performed both before and after cleanings and extractions. Before a procedure, X-rays help us determine the extent of the damage to your pet’s teeth and jawbone. After the procedure, we check to ensure that all teeth have been fully extracted and the mouth is in good condition for recovery.

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Signs of Gum Disease in Your Pet

Gum disease is one of the most common conditions affecting both cats and dogs, but it can be prevented through regular professional cleanings and home brushings. In its most advanced stage, gum disease can affect your pet’s heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver, so be alert to the following signs:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Loose/broken teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Lack of appetite
  • Dropping food from mouth
  • Swelling of face/mouth area
  • Bad breath
  • Brown/yellow teeth
  • Pawing at face/mouth
  • Bleeding from mouth

At-Home Dental Care

We’re dedicated to providing exceptional dental care to our patients, but pet owners need to do their part, too. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily to slow the buildup of plaque, along with yearly professional cleanings. We also provide dental chews for pets to enjoy while they’re at home to help remove tough plaque and tartar. If you need help brushing your pet’s teeth, let us know! We’d be more than happy to help you. To schedule an oral exam and teeth cleaning, just give us a call at (614) 836-3222.