Pet Dental Care in Carthage
A look inside your pet’s mouth can provide a clear picture of their overall health. Bad breath, red or swollen gums, and tartar buildup are signs that all is not well. These are symptoms of gum (periodontal) disease, one of the most common disease occurring in adult dogs and cats. Though gum disease is entirely preventable, it’s often missed in its early stages. If left untreated, it can lead to serious, painful health issues, including tooth loss and organ damage.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to stop it before it starts. During your pet’s annual preventive pet care exam at Central Pet Care, our technicians will thoroughly examine their teeth. If a dental cleaning is recommended, they can provide your pet with a thorough scaling and polishing (prophylaxis).
Your Pet’s Dental Exam
Because we want your pet to be as safe and comfortable as possible during the cleaning process, we use anesthesia for all of our dental services. We highly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for all pets, and we require it for senior pets and pets with special needs or chronic conditions. In addition to dental cleaning, we can extract teeth, if necessary, using safe surgical protocols. The comprehensive cleaning process includes:
- A full examination and probing of each tooth to check for disease or damage
- Scaling to remove debris and tartar
- Careful, continuous monitoring of your pet’s vital signs using surgical monitoring technology
At-home Dental Care
A lot goes into your companion’s dental cleaning, since proper dental care is a necessary part of keeping your pet healthy and free of disease. The effort doesn’t end with your visit to Central Pet Care. However, your pet is depending on you to keep up the good work. We can help you choose the best method to use at home so your pet can stay happy and healthy for years to come. We can also provide you with tips on brushing and the best dental chews and toys to help prevent tartar buildup. Be proactive about your pet’s dental health, and schedule an appointment today.