We recommend regular dental check-ups and dog and cat teeth cleanings at least
ONCE A YEAR
at Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic in Port Townsend, WA. Dental care is a vital, yet often neglected aspect of maintaining your pet's overall health and well-being. Untreated dental disease can cause pain, hinder nutrition, and lead to serious systemic issues, potentially causing harm to their kidneys, heart, or liver. By implementing consistent at-home dental care and scheduling routine professional examinations, you can proactively prevent issues such as unpleasant breath and oral infections, ensuring a healthier and happier life for your beloved pet.
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Signs and Symptoms Your Pet Needs Dental Care
Studies from the American Veterinary Dental Society indicate that by the age of three, approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease. Keep an eye out for the following signs that may indicate if your pet needs dental care:
Broken, loose, or missing teeth
Discoloration or tartar build up
Excessive chewing or drooling
Reduced appetite or inability to chew
Swelling or bleeding in/around the mouth
Pet Dental Care FAQs
At Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians take a comprehensive, patient-centric approach to dental care, starting with a complete oral examination followed by a thorough cleaning.
Your pet’s dental care includes:
- Oral examinations under anesthesia
- Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
- Digital dental radiology (x-rays)
- Supra and subgingival scaling
- Tooth extractions (when necessary/indicated)
We offer the latest technology in digital dental radiology at Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic. Digital dental radiology (x-rays) produces high-definition images of your pet’s teeth, above and below the gumline. These images allow the veterinarian to better visualize each tooth and more accurately diagnose and treat dental disease or other issues that may be present beneath the gums.
Animals instinctually hide pain, which oftentimes makes it difficult to detect in our pets. Common signs that your pet may be in pain include changes to their appetite or daily routine, increased licking, heavy breathing, and changes in posture or sleep habits. Each of our patients at Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic is evaluated for pain and provided with a tailored post-dental pain management plan.
In between routine professional dental cleanings, it is important to keep up with your pet’s oral care at home to control plaque and tartar development. Brushing your pet’s teeth with pet-specific toothpaste is the most important and effective care you can provide at home to decrease the incidence of gingivitis and increase the time between dog or cat teeth cleanings. If you need tips or advice on how to brush your pet’s teeth, feel free to ask a member of our team.
Be sure to evaluate your pet’s teeth at home often to keep up with their dental health status. Keep an eye out for the following signs of poor oral health:
- Persistent bad breath
- Tartar or plaque build up
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gumline
- Red or swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when eating
- Pawing at the mouth
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
Call us to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian if you notice any of the above signs or symptoms.