One of the biggest issues faced by pets in the United States today is dental disease. Studies reveal that somewhere between 70-80 percent of all cats and dogs will have some degree of dental disease by the time they are just three years of age. Dental disease is spreading rapidly and is considered to be a significant health issue for American pets. Not only will dental disease cause bad breath and a painful mouth, but it can also make it difficult for pets to eat properly. A number of serious health conditions and diseases can become more advanced due to complications caused by dental disease.
At-Home Dental Care
Westport pet owners and pet parents in the South Coast area can make a big difference in their pet’s dental health by simply brushing their cat or dog’s teeth. This works to slow down plaque development, much the way it works when we brush our own teeth. Not all pets are accepting of this activity, but it is important to try. If you aren’t sure what to do, you could try watching some videos online or speak with your veterinarian. Anchor Animal Hospital specializes in dental care for pets, so our technicians can provide you with tips. The more you can do to help your pet feel comfortable during teeth brushing, the better the experience will be for all involved.
Routine dental cleanings at your local Dartmouth vet hospital should be done, either way, however, it is more important if you can’t brush at home. Anesthesia is typically required in order to perform an evaluation of your pet’s dental health. The routine cleaning will usually include a thorough clean, polish, and fluoride treatment. Our team will closely monitor your pet during this procedure to minimize the risks for complications. Pets of any age should have dental cleanings on a regular basis. Speak with your vet about creating a schedule for dental care according to your pet’s needs.
Advanced Dentistry in Dartmouth
If your pet has serious dental issues, such as tooth decay or gum disease, further work may need to be done. Any signs of significant dental disease should be treated right away. Some pets may be unable to eat properly if they are in pain from dental disease, which can impact their health in other ways. Our veterinary team has had extensive training and has many years of experience working with dentistry and oral surgery for our patients. Several of our team members have even received advanced dental training at the Animal Dental Training Center.
When you visit our Dartmouth vet hospital to get dental care for pets, our team can assist you with everything from basic cleanings to extractions, dental surgery, and other complicated dental cases. In recent years, veterinary dental has expanded to provide pets with greater care. The old approach, which typically involved just pulling teeth that were diseased or damaged, would often lead to further complications and problems. Abscess pockets and broken tooth roots caused continued pain, infections, and other issues that required further care. We are proud to provide our pet patients with professional and quality advanced dentistry in Dartmouth.
Oral Surgery for Pets
When required, our team of doctors can perform oral surgery. Westport pet owners and pet owners from all over the Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island area can trust our team to provide quality dental care for pets. Surgical procedures can be used to repair dental defects, take a biopsy, and even remove tumors. Anchor Animal Hospital has a state-of-the-art digital dental x-ray unit. We use it to take high-quality dental images in seconds. This equipment helps our doctors to look at problems underneath the gums and resolve painful issues for our pet patients.
Complete Veterinary Care
When you bring your pets to our Dartmouth vet hospital, you can count on our team to provide your pet with complete veterinary care. We perform a basic dental exam as part of our annual check-up exams. When you bring your pet in for regular services, make sure to ask any questions that you might have about dental care for pets. While your pet may not require advanced dentistry in Dartmouth, it’s good to know that it is available locally from a team that you can trust.
Give us a call at 508-996-3731 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. If you have questions about any of the services that we provide, call our team. We can help you get the care your pet’s needs and offer quality care at our South Coast location.