Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Healthy

Dogs and cats need dental care on a regular basis, just like you do. Of course, pets can’t brush their own teeth, so it’s up to you and veterinary professionals to maintain their oral health for them. At Hazel Dell Animal Hospital, we offer pet dental care here in Carmel to make and keep your pet’s mouth healthy and lower the risk of gum disease. Left untreated, this disease can cause a number of health problems for pets, including heart, liver, and kidney disease. This is why it’s so important for you to bring your pet in at least once a year for a wellness exam so we can determine if a cleaning is necessary.

As an AAHA-accredited practice, we abide by the highest standards when it comes to pet dentistry. This includes our anesthesia protocols as well as our use of anesthesia for all dental procedures. With that in mind, you can be confident that your pet will be in good hands while in our care.

About Your Pet’s Dental Visit

After you schedule your pet’s dental cleaning, you’ll drop them off in the morning for their procedure. The amount of time needed for the procedure varies for each pet, which is why we always arrange for pet pickup later in the afternoon. The dental cleaning itself consists of ultrasonic scaling of the teeth to remove tartar. We’ll also examine the teeth above and below the gum line to determine if there are any signs of gum disease. After the teeth have been treated, we’ll polish with a paste to smooth out the surface, and apply a fluoride treatment.

Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the most common health problems seen in dogs and cats over the age of 3, but it can be prevented. One of the first ways is by simply knowing the signs to look for. Below are some of the most common ones:

  • Excessive bad breath
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Excessive tartar buildup along gum line

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, or if it’s just been a while since your pet’s been to the vet, schedule a dental visit in Carmel at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital today!