Pet Dental Care: Neeko’s New Smile
Neeko was rescued by his new forever family—that was certainly a reason to smile. However, Neeko’s new smile is also the result of healthier, pain-free mouth. Like many small dogs, Neeko developed severe periodontal disease at a relatively young age.
Dogs and cats can experience gum inflammation, infection and pain, and tooth and bone loss without preventive dental care. Over 75% of dogs over the age of three have some level of periodontal disease. When pet dental care is left untreated, advanced periodontal disease can lead to more serious health conditions like heart disease.
“I took our rescue, Neeko, to see Dr. Laura Weis after realizing he had some serious dental issues. He wouldn’t let me touch his mouth. He was in obvious pain and his breath was atrocious,” said Neeko’s forever mom.
After evaluating him for anesthesia and using the appropriate protocol for his cardiac disease, Neeko was admitted to the hospital for a dental cleaning and examination. The examination included full-mouth x-rays. He had several loose teeth, advanced bacterial infections, bone loss, gingival recession and abscesses in the bone.
After a standard dental cleaning was completed, Neeko underwent advanced periodontal surgery. Several diseased teeth were removed and bone grafts were done. Nerve blocks and a multi-modal pain control plan were necessary.
Neeko felt much better the day after surgery! Within a week after the extensive surgery, Neeko allowed a full examination of his mouth and the gums showed visible healing. Less than a month after surgery, his new smile shined. Neeko was a different dog; he was playful and happy…and eating!
“I saw an immediate difference in Neeko’s demeanor and personality. He was so much happier and no longer weary of me touching his face. The infectious odor was GONE! I welcome his kisses now,” said Neeko’s mom adding, “Doylestown Veterinary Hospital not only restored his oral health, but also restored the quality of his life.”
Preventive Dental Care
Regular dental exams, x-rays, and professional cleanings are an important part of pet dental care and overall wellness. A professional cleaning can remove plaque and resolve problems like cracked, loose, or rotting teeth before advanced periodontal disease sets in.
At-home dental care should include regular brushing with pet-specific toothpaste. A brushing routine can be started at any time, but beginning at the puppy or kitten stage is recommended. Ask your veterinarian for help in establishing a brushing routine.
“Like many companion animals, Neeko had been living with chronic dental pain for years. We often attribute a dog’s response to pain as the normal slowing associated with aging. Addressing oral infections and removing painful teeth can restore a pet to vibrant health,” said Dr. Weis.
A healthy mouth supported by preventive pet dental care is a win-win for the pet and parent. As always, consult with your veterinarian about your pet’s dental care routine, and which diet, supplements, and products are best for your pet.
Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care offers comprehensive care including preventive pet dental care and oral surgery for dogs and cats. The practice also offers non-anesthetic dental cleanings through Pet Dental Services for dogs and cats that qualify.