We will begin offering dental services at St. Paul Pet Hospital Highland on Monday, February 2nd!
Your Pet's Dental Treatment
- For their safety and our ability to be thorough, your pet will need to be under general anesthesia for complete dental treatment.
- We use handheld scaling instruments to remove hardened tartar from above and below the gum line on your pet's teeth.
- During this procedure, we also carefully examine the teeth for fractures, chips, and other signs of damage.
- Based on our findings, your pet's treatment may range from a standard cleaning to more extensive treatment.
- If any teeth show signs of damage, they will likely need to be extracted.
Signs Your Pet Needs Dental Care
These signs could indicate that it's time for your pet to see us for much-needed treatment:
- Gums appear red along the edges
- Gums are inflamed and/or bleed easily
- Breath is noticeably unpleasant
- Teeth are covered in brown plaque
- Pet is salivating excessively
- Some teeth appear to be loose
- Pet only chews on one side
Prevention Starts at Home
To reduce your pet's need for extensive dental care at our hospital, you can try the following treatments at home:
- Brush their teeth daily with toothpaste approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council
- Provide toys that help with plaque removal when your pet chews them
- Change your pet over to a tartar-control diet (ask us for recommendations)
- Use other preventatives such as oral wipes, dental chews, and water additives
We're always eager to talk about dental care and the health implications it has for your pet. To request advice for at-home care or to schedule an appointment, give us a call!