Is your four-legged friend’s smile suffering?
By the time a pet reaches the age of 2, odds are that they are already experiencing some type of dental problem. Without the proper care and attention, plaque, tartar and bacteria can develop in the mouth, leading to infection and other serious health problems. At Haiku Veterinary Clinic, we want to keep your loved one from becoming a statistic. That’s why we recommend preventative dental care for all of our patients.
Our clinic is equipped with all of the tools and technology needed to help support a lifetime of clean teeth and healthy gums for your pet. It starts with annual dental exams to evaluate the mouth and identify any areas of concern. Our preventative care also includes thorough cleaning of the teeth, both above and below the gum line. This helps to remove dangerous buildup and keep the teeth shiny and strong.
We are also experienced in treating existing oral health problems, such as abscesses, gingivitis and dental disease. Our trained professionals are adept at recognizing the signs of these conditions and determining the best course of action for treatment. This may include something as simple as administering medication to more advanced techniques, like extractions or surgery. All dental procedures are performed safely under general anesthesia, with detailed patient monitoring.
Some of the things to look for that may indicate an existing dental problem include:
- Bad breath
- Broken or missing teeth
- Inflamed or bleeding gums
- Drooling more than usual
- Difficulty eating or chewing
- Pawing at the face
- Pain when touched near the mouth area
If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment. The sooner we can address a potential oral health problem, the better. We’ll also teach you how to manage your companion’s dental care at home. Brushing in between professional cleanings and using certain products will not only help keep your pet’s mouth healthy, but can improve his or her overall wellbeing.
Give us a call today and let us help your pet enjoy many years of bright, happy smiles.