Can you imagine living for 10 or 15 years without ever seeing a dentist?
There’s more to pet dental care than just brushing your dog’s or cat’s teeth. The good news is there are options when it comes to good pet dental care!
Veterinary Care without Anesthesia
Professional Exams and Dental Cleaning
Veterinary Dental Care without Anesthesia
Does the use of anesthesia during your pet’s teeth cleaning procedure concern you?
Non-anesthetic teeth cleaning for your pet is now available at Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care with Pet Dental Services.
- Highly-qualified dental technicians working under the supervision of your veterinarian safely clean your pet’s teeth without anesthesia.
To address this critical need in veterinary care, Pet Dental Services created an 11-step teeth cleaning program to give pet parents a safe alternative.
The professional dental technician:
- Cleans the surface of each tooth including just under the gum line
- Inspects for signs of periodontal disease, and
- Finishes with polishing each tooth
Clients receive hands-on techniques for homecare, a review your pet’s dental care program, and recommendations on any additional dental needs.
What makes this service so successful?
It’s the ability of the technicians to gently and patiently gain the trust and confidence of your pet. Orthopedic mats provide comfort to your pet during the cleaning.
Is this dental service right for my pet?
A dog or cat with early stages of periodontal disease is a good candidate for this level of dental care. Since the pet is not under anesthesia, the ideal candidate is:
- A pet that is not fearful or aggressive
- A pet with the ability remain calm while the technician is working in the mouth with dental instruments
For pets with advanced periodontal disease, non-anesthetic teeth cleaning could be an option for maintenance once a healthy mouth is established.
Professional Exam and Dental Cleaning
Often we don’t realize our pets, especially cats, are experiencing pain and discomfort in the mouth. A comprehensive physical exam includes an examination of the mouth. Veterinarians know what signs of dental disease to look for during the oral exam, but only dental radiographs can detect serious problems in the tooth or under the gum line that a visual examination alone won’t identify.
A professional cleaning can remove plaque and resolve problems like cracked, loose, or rotting teeth. Short-lasting anesthetic is required for more complete examinations for the safety and comfort of the pet and the professionals.
A healthy mouth supported by preventive pet dental care is a win-win for you and your dog or cat. As always, consult with your veterinarian about your pet’s dental care routine, and which diet, supplements, and products are best for your pet.
Dental Care: The Facts & Figures
Signs of Periodontal Disease
The signs of periodontal disease include:
- Redness, swelling or bleeding along the gum line
- Bad breath
- Loose or missing teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Facial swelling
- Excessive drooling or nasal discharge
- Tooth resorption is also a common dental problem, right behind periodontal disease, in cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 72% of cats over the age of five can suffer from one oral resorptive lesion. The problem starts below the gum line in the root of the tooth, eventually causing swollen gums and holes in the tooth surface.