Dental care is vital to the overall health of any animal. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.
In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet’s health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.
The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through professional cleanings. We perform thorough cleanings, including the area beneath the gums that you can’t see or access at home.
When advanced dental procedures are indicated, we use a combination of pain management techniques, such as narcotics, anti-inflammatories, and nerve blocks. We use the safest local and general anesthetics, and pay particular attention to your pet’s body temperature throughout the procedure.
Digital radiographs are taken during every dental cleaning to identify hidden problems that may need advanced treatments, including: Extractions, both simple and surgical; oral surgery for tumors and fractures; open root planing around periodontal pockets to save teeth when possible, and synthetic bone matrix into large extractions sites to regenerate bone more quickly.
You will receive take-home documents that show the x-rays that were taken, before and after pictures, an explanation of the procedures performed, and an oral exam chart.
If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. However, a large majority of pets have dental disease long before we notice it as owners. Please call us at (256) 383-2626 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.
“I just wanted to let you and your awesome staff know just how much I appreciate the wonderful care you gave to little Sophie.
Sophie’s former life was a sad one. She was a breeder in a puppy mill; the man who turned her in did not even know how old she was. She was so sad in her appearance. After she was in our home for a couple of days, I noticed what poor condition her teeth were in. Years of neglect and lack of dental care had affected her greatly. After her dental treatment, you would not believe the difference it has made in her life! Even with the extractions, she is able to eat much easier and I am sure she is pain free now. Her overall appearance has changed! She feels better and she looks happier. Now she even feels like playing. And I am sure that her life will be much better since she is pain free and the health risks that go along with poor oral health have been decreased.
Thank you all again for helping Sophie to feel happy and healthy.”
Our eleven year old rescue Leo had serious periodontal disease which impacted on his quality of life. Dr. Thompson performed the needed surgery to remove the decayed teeth and the accompanying infection. Throughout the process, Dr. Thompson demonstrated caring compassion by calling and keeping us informed. Leo’s surgery required an overnight stay. Dr. Thompson stayed late and came in early to check on Leo and report his progress to us. We were impressed and appreciative of the outstanding care given to our dog. – Nita Thornell
Learn about Leo here!