Routine dental care is crucial to the overall oral health care of your beloved pet. This routine care ensures that any potential dental conditions are diagnosed early and treated before they can cause further concerns.
At our Millbrook veterinary hospital, we are proud to provide your pet with comprehensive dental care, from basics such as dental exams, teeth cleanings and polishing, to dental X-rays and surgeries.
We also make a point of providing dental health education to pet owners about home dental care for their pets.
We offer a range of dental care products including toothpaste, dental diets, water additives, and dental chews that may be recommended to manage early dental disease.
All of our dental procedures are followed up by a complimentary oral care consultation in order to educate our clients on the management or prevention of further oral disease.
Unexpected dental surgery can be a shock to any pet parent. We strive to make this process as relaxing as possible for you and your pet.
We will try our best to keep your dog happy and comfortable for the duration of their visit. We will also share what to expect in each step of the process with you in detail before the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care requirements.
We offer oral surgeries, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.
Our vets highly recommend yearly dental checkups for your dog or cat to best protect their oral health. If your pet is prone to dental concerns then your vet may suggest more frequent visits.
Millbrook Valley Animal Hospital can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
Here are some of the signs that your pet needs a dental checkup:
Your vet will conduct a thorough pre-anaesthetic physical assessment for your pet before the dental exam.
We will confirm the safety of anaesthesia for your pet through pre-procedure blood work and diagnostic testing. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anaesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Next, your pet's teeth will be cleaned and polished (including under the gum line) and x-rays are taken. We then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth as an extra preventive measure.
The final step is to apply a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan for this and discuss the process with you.
Once the treatment is complete, your vet will schedule a follow-up visit a few weeks later to ensure that there are no further concerns.
During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health.
Here are some of the things that our clients often ask us about pet dental care:
Just like humans, our pets are also at risk of developing dental conditions due to a lack of oral hygiene.
When our pets eat, the resulting plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, this can cause infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
Your pet's ongoing behaviour can be a clear indicator of potential oral health concerns. If your pet is experiencing dental problems, they may drool excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood) or paw at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.
If your pet is experiencing oral health problems including horrible breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. There is also the risk of tooth pain resulting in your pet being unable to eat properly. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
Aside from the obvious concerns of cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and other dental conditions may lead to more concerning issues such as disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumours may develop. Your pet may also experience a general sense of feeling unwell just as any human would when suffering from tooth pain. In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This makes dental care an essential part of the overall health care routine for your beloved pet.
When you bring your pet in for a dental cleaning your vet will first thoroughly examine your pet's mouth for any obvious conditions or concerns.
The vet will then clean away any tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and offer suggestions on what your next steps should be.
In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anaesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery.
Daily brushing is highly recommended for your cat or dog, along with providing them with chew toys to help eliminate plaque buildup.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Cats and dogs won't understand what is happening during a dental procedure and may become defensive.
Our Millbrook vets provide anaesthesia to all of our patients before performing dental procedures, just as a human dentist would with their human patients. This puts less stress on the animals and allows us to X-ray their mouth as needed.
Millbrook Valley Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Millbrook companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.