Gateway Pet Hospital Offers Pet Dental Care in Kitchener, Ontario
Part of comprehensive care for your pet should include dental care. Animals depend on healthy teeth to provide good nutrition, and they may require treatment for dental problems, just as people do. At Gateway Pet Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, we offer pet dental care as part of our comprehensive efforts to keep pets healthy and happy.
Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?
Like you, your cat or dog depends on a healthy set of teeth to chew foods, to get the full nutrition they need to fuel their bodies and resist disease. Unhealthy teeth make eating difficult, and the bacteria found in the mouth can contribute to inflammation and disease in the heart, liver and kidneys. Clean, strong teeth ensure that your pet is able to eat well and allows their body to function effectively.
What Does the Vet Screen For During Dental Screenings?
Your vet will examine your pet’s mouth and notice bad breath or irritated areas. They will also look for discoloured teeth, loose teeth, retained baby teeth or crooked teeth that could interfere with normal eating. They will also ask about eating habits, weight loss or problems with drooling. The vet will also inquire about signs of pain, such as pawing at the mouth or not wanting to have the muzzle touched.
What Common Pet Dental Problems Do Veterinarians See?
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of lost teeth in pets. This condition occurs when bacteria grows below the gum line and causes inflammation that causes the gums to separate from the tooth. Veterinarians often find decayed or broken teeth that must be removed to prevent eating problems. Sometimes, the vet will encounter an abscess in the tooth that causes severe swelling and pain. Vets also see malocclusions, when teeth do not fit together and palate abnormalities.
How Can the Vet Help Maintain My Pet’s Teeth?
Your veterinarian can provide teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that will prevent gum disease and tooth loss. If your pet has a bad tooth, the vet can do an extraction. Finally, the vet can advise you on tooth brushing and other methods to help you keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy.
Make Gateway Pet Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario Your Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care
The veterinarians and staff at Gateway Pet Hospital love animals as much as you do and use their years of experience to provide quality care for each of their patients. We offer a broad range of veterinary services for pets, including wellness care, surgical services, grooming and emergency services. Call Gateway Pet Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario today at (519) 653-1003 for an appointment to learn the best ways to ensure your pet’s dental health.