Are your pet’s teeth and gums as clean as they should be?

Since pets can’t brush their own teeth, plaque and tartar can build up, eventually leading to a number of serious medical problems. The good news is we can manage this component of their health care for them. Richmond Veterinary Clinic offers complete pet dental care, including routine prevention and the advanced treatment of existing oral health conditions. We’ll also provide support and guidance to make your pet’s home dental care easy and efficient. Let’s work together to give your companion a winning smile, year after year!

Dental Disease is a Serious Problem

Did you know that the majority of dogs and cats over three years of age suffer from periodontal disease? Without treatment, this condition can lead to oral health complications, including bacterial infections along the gum line. Eventually, these bacteria can spread through the bloodstream and cause serious proble

ms throughout the entire body. Dental cleanings and routine brushing will help your dog or cat stay healthy by reducing the risk of infections.

A Simple, yet Effective Solution

Fortunately, periodontal disease is as preventable in pets as it is in humans. We recommend a program of home dental care combined with regular visits for professional pet dental services. During a dental exam, the doctor will inspect your pet’s teeth and gums for signs of decay or infection. If necessary, we will take x-rays to determine if there are any problems which need to be addressed. An annual professional dental cleaning is recommended to remove buildup. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.

Our team will also provide tips on how you can take care of your pet’s teeth at home. This can include everything from establishing a daily brushing routine to what types of food and toys may be most helpful in preventing plaque buildup.

Proper at-home and professional dental care should greatly reduce the possibility of oral problems for your pet. Signs and symptoms to watch for include:

  • Bad breath
  • Reluctance to eat
  • Dropping food
  • Favoring one side of the mouth when chewing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Pawing at the face
  • Anxiousness about having head touched
  • Broken, loose or missing teeth
  • Swollen or bleeding gums

If your pet is exhibiting any of these things, give us a call right away so we can determine the best course of action. The sooner we identify and address dental issues, the better the outcome for your pet. Call today to schedule an appointment!