Comprehensive Dental Care for Cats & Dogs
Routine dental care is critical for the oral and overall health of cats and dogs, but the majority of pets do not receive the oral hygiene care necessary to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
We provide comprehensive dental care for your pet at our Lisle veterinary hospital, from routine dental exams, teeth cleanings, and polishing to dental x-rays and surgery.
Additionally, we make a point of educating pet owners about proper at-home dental care for their pets.
Dental Surgery in Lisle
We understand how upsetting it can be to learn that your pet requires dental surgery. We make every effort to ensure that this process is as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.
We'll do everything possible to make your pet's stay with us enjoyable and stress-free. Before the procedure, we'll go over each step in detail with you, including pre-and post-operative care requirements.
For dogs and cats, we perform jaw fracture repair surgeries, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatment.
Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams
Similar to your annual dentist visit, your dog or cat should have a dental examination at least once a year. Pets that are more prone to dental problems than others may require more frequent visits to our office.
Green Trails Animal Clinic is capable of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating dental health issues in cats and dogs.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
- Tartar buildup
- Loose and/or broken teeth
- Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Pain or swelling in or around the mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Discolored teeth
Before the dental exam, your pet will undergo a thorough pre-anesthetic physical examination.
We will take blood and urine analyses to ensure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
After administering anesthesia to your pet, we will conduct a thorough oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
After cleaning and polishing the teeth (including beneath the gum line), x-rays are taken. Each tooth is then treated with fluoride.
Finally, a dental sealant is applied to prevent plaque from adhering to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is discovered, the veterinarian will develop and discuss a treatment plan with you.
Ideally, two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment, a follow-up examination will be scheduled.
We will discuss how to implement teeth brushing at home during this visit. Additionally, we can recommend products that can aid in the improvement of your pet's oral health.
FAQs About Pet Dental Care
The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about pet dental care by our clients.
- Why do pets need their teeth cleaned?
As a result of poor oral health, our pets may develop periodontal disease or tooth decay.
As with humans, when animals eat, plaque adheres to their teeth and can harden into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
This can result in oral infections, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even missing or loose teeth. That is why it is critical to maintain routine dental care to avoid gum pain or disease.
- How can I tell if my pet has oral hygiene issues?
Did you know that behavior can be a sign of oral health issues? If your pet has dental problems, you may notice them drooling excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood) or pawing at their mouth or teeth. Additionally, they may yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or cease grooming adequately.
Additionally, bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration are signs of oral health problems.
Certain pets may even experience pain that prevents them from eating. To the left, under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams, you can read more about the symptoms.
- What long-term problems can poor oral health potentially cause in my pet?
Apart from causing dental problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health problems and conditions can result in disease in your pet's liver, kidney, heart, and other organs.
Cysts or tumors can form. Additionally, your pet may be unwell in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you understand how a toothache can affect your mood!). Additionally, diseases associated with oral health conditions can shorten your pet's lifespan and cause significant pain.
This is why routine dental care is critical for the physical health and well-being of animals.
- What happens during pet teeth cleaning appointments?
During your pet's routine oral examination, the veterinarian will examine his or her mouth for oral health problems or any symptoms that require treatment.
Tartar and other debris will be removed from your cat's or dog's teeth by the veterinarian. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions require attention, the veterinarian will explain them to you and advise you on the appropriate course of action.
Surgery may be required in some instances to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be sedated before their dental procedure to ensure their comfort and avoidance of pain. However, post-operative care will be required.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us.
- What should I do at home to keep my pet’s teeth clean between dental appointments?
At home, brush your pet's teeth regularly and provide dental chew toys. These will aid in the elimination of plaque.
Allow them to chew on items that are likely to cause tooth damage, such as bones, toys, or objects that are too hard. Always consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns or questions about your pet's oral health.
Veterinary Dentistry: Anesthesia & Your Pet's Oral Health
Cats and dogs have no concept of what is occurring during dental procedures and frequently react by struggling or biting.
Similar to how dentists administer anesthesia to nervous or anxious patients, our Lisle veterinarians administer anesthesia to all of our patients prior to performing dental procedures. This alleviates stress for the animals and enables us to x-ray their mouths as necessary.
New Patients Welcome
Green Trails Animal Clinic is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Lisle companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.