Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream, but most importantly dental disease is painful! In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.

In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet’s health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular dental evaluations with your veterinary team. Give us a call to set up an appointment with one of our doctors who will do a complete physical exam and examine your pet’s mouth to help make recommendations about oral care and give you an estimate of approximate price for that care. Rest assured that our doctors have many hours of continuing education in veterinary dentistry, as well as many years of experience performing oral surgery. You will need an appointment for an evaluation with one of our veterinarians, so give us a call at 724-514-6858 or email us!

The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is by a daily home care routine that involves brushing your pet’s teeth. It is easier than it sounds and we can give you advice on how to train your pet to tolerate this, as well as give you advice about which pet dental home care products are worth spending your money on. Your daily home care routine should be paired with annual, yep we said ANNUAL, dental X-rays and cleaning under anesthesia in order to keep your pet as healthy as he/she can be.

Dental X-rays are a vital part of any complete dental evaluation under anesthesia because it helps us identify problems and infections that are under the gum line, where we can’t see them. Pets can suffer silently with painful oral infections that cannot be detected without dental radiography. Dental radiography also allows us to safely perform surgical extractions by seeing the size, shape and location of the tooth roots in order to avoid vital structures during our extractions. We also will take X-rays after extractions of teeth to be sure that the surgery was performed correctly and completely.

Our high-quality dental procedures done this way are lengthy. We allow 2-4 hours for a dental procedure depending on the pet’s unique circumstances. We also safely do lengthy oral surgical procedures on older pets and pets with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, Cushing’s disease and renal insufficiency, to name a few. Do you have questions about our anesthesia protocols? Please visit our ANESTHESIA PAGE for more details.

If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, drooling or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at (724) 514-6858 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.

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