We will begin offering dental services at St. Paul Pet Hospital Highland in Spring 2020!

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Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning

The healthiest pets receive routine cat and dog teeth cleaning to help prevent gingivitis and dental disease. Poor oral hygiene can result in damage not only to the mouth but to other areas of the body. At St. Paul Pet Hospital-Highland, we work to educate pet parents about the benefits of pet dental care and why they should make it a part of their pets' daily routines.

Avoiding or delaying pet dental care treatment can result in various unhealthy outcomes, such as:

  • Minor to severe oral pain
  • Difficulty eating and chewing
  • Swollen gums and inflammation of the jaw
  • Tooth loss
  • Infection in the gums and other tissues in the mouth
  • Higher risk of developing heart valve, kidney, and liver inflammation

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
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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!