Pet Dental Care Services
You are a responsible pet owner and take good care of your four-legged companion.
Pet Dental Care Services in Richardson, TX
Pet Dental Care Services
The team at The Vet understands how difficult it is to care for your favorite companion’s teeth can be, and we’re here to help! Pets can be burdened by dental diseases and problems just as easily as we are. Regular dental check-ups at The Vet, combined with good dental hygiene at home, can increase your pet’s health, vitality, and well-being while helping ensure he or she leads the best life possible. If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition but can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet’s overall health before symptoms are noticeable.
For those reasons, our veterinary team strongly considers dental care an essential piece of your pet’s preventive health care program.
Protecting Your Pet’s Dental Health at The Vet
Dr. Stevens and her staff believe the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning under the gum line with ultrasonic scalers designed to remove plaque and slow buildup. At our veterinary hospital, your cat’s dental appointment includes:
- Oral examinations under anesthesia
- Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
- Full mouth digital X-rays
- Supra and subgingival scaling
- Tooth Extractions
Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis, “cat cavities,” or fractured teeth, we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet. We are experienced dental practitioners and can offer several dental procedures and oral surgeries.
In Between Cleanings: Dental Care at Home
You can prevent serious dental problems by ensuring your pet receives dental exams at each vaccination, again at six months, and then once a year as they age. Between visits to your veterinarian at The Vet, check your pet’s teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.
If you are unsure how to brush your wiggly, often uncooperative pet’s teeth, please ask a staff member at The Vet for instructions.
Signs of Dental Problems
Symptoms of dental disease include:
- Bad breath one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms or if you simply wish to be given more information on our dental services, please call The Vet at (972) 675-2510. We will be happy to help keep your pet smiling bright!