Pets Need Clean, Healthy Mouths, Too
You might think your pet’s terrible breath is normal, but consider this—most pets, by the time they’re 3 years of age, have some evidence of gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common bacterial infection of the mouth that comes in 4 stages, and can lead to bone and tooth loss. In some cases, the bacteria can enter your pet’s bloodstream and cause heart disease and other organ damage.
At Jeffrey Animal Hospital, our cutting-edge tools and equipment can handle all of your pet’s dentistry needs. A healthy mouth is integral to a healthy life, and it’s our mission to offer the highest quality dental services available to the pets of Farmington Hills and surrounding areas.
Pet Dentistry Services
Your animal companion deserves the most exceptional care we can offer—that’s why we provide a full array of dental services to improve and maintain their oral hygiene. These include:
- Routine oral exams
- Home dental care instructions
- Dental cleanings
- Extractions (as needed)
- Dental chews/treats to supplement home care
Signs Your Pet May Have Gum Disease
While we advocate vigilant home dental care to prevent gum disease, the reality is that many pets will have some form of gum disease to begin with. Many owners simply don’t think to “flip the lip” to check their pets’ teeth. Dogs and cats alike are also very good at hiding their discomfort, so it isn’t always easy to tell if there’s a problem. However, there are some common symptoms you can watch out for:
- Bright red, swollen gums
- Loose or broken teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty eating/chewing
- Facial swelling
- Lack of appetite
- Foul breath
Keeping Your Pet’s Teeth Clean at Home
Sticking to a consistent, regular schedule to brush your pet’s teeth at home can be difficult. We know how busy life can get, and a lot of animals just don’t like having their mouths messed with. This is why we recommend that pet owners start their four-legged family members’ home dental care as early as possible. Getting your pet used to a toothbrush will go a long way towards making the whole process run smoothly.
Ideally, you should brush your pet’s teeth once daily; however, if their mouth is looking healthy, 3 times a week should be appropriate. We suggest waiting until your pet is calm and relaxed before brushing their teeth. If you would like to learn the proper way to brush your pet’s teeth, let us know! We’d be happy to show you. Jeffrey Animal Hospital also has OraVet dental chews, which not only help keep teeth clean, but have an added ingredient that diminishes bad breath!