Dental Care for Your Pet
All of our lives, we have been taught the necessity of good oral hygiene and proper dental care. Not only is this important for people, but for our pets as well. Dental problems in dogs and cats can lead to serious health problems. Routine dental care plays an important role in maintaining your pet’s overall health.
Tips for Pet Dental Care
Caring for your pet's teeth isn't any different than caring for your own. You wouldn't rely on a chew toy or a bone to keep your teeth clean. So, why do we do that for our pets? There are many quality pet brushes available to brush your pet's teeth at home (soft bristled children's brushes are also fine to use on pets). A good tip is to start brushing your pet's teeth when they're young, so they are familiar with it as a normal routine.
Schedule an appointment today to have your pet's teeth professionally cleaned. Don't forget: Good oral health can lead to great overall health.
At Affordable Animal Hospital Silverlake, we provide dental checkups and a full range of dental care services for cats and dogs. We are here to help you keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy and avoid dental problems that could lead to serious health issues in the future.
Symptoms of Dental Problems
Your pet should have a dental checkup at least once a year to maintain healthy teeth and for early detection of oral health problems. If you notice the following symptoms, bring your pet in sooner:
- Broken or loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Tartar or discoloration
- Swelling in areas around the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Abnormal chewing
- Dropping food from the mouth
- Refusal to eat or reduced appetite
- Pain in or around the mouth
Veterinary Dental Care
Pet dentistry is performed under anesthesia, because your pet does not understand the purpose and is likely to react by squirming and moving around, attempting to escape, or even biting. Anesthesia makes it possible for the procedure to be performed with no pain and stress for your pet.
The first step is an oral exam. X-rays may also be needed to evaluate the condition of your pet’s teeth below the gumline and the condition of the jaw.
In pet dental cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed and the teeth are polished, in a process similar to human dental cleaning. Our doctors can extract, repair, adjust, or file your pet’s teeth when necessary and address any other oral health issues.
Affordable Animal Hospital
2417 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
8:30am to 6pm Mon - Fri
(Closed daily from 12:30 to 1:30 for surgical procedures)
9am to 5pm Saturday