At Unleashed Pet Care in Westland, MI, we care for every aspect of your pet’s health, including dental care. Good oral health is essential to your pet’s overall health and wellness. These FAQs explain more about pet dental care and the role it plays in keeping your pet healthy and happy over the years.
What does pet dental care entail?
At Unleashed Pet Care, we offer routine dental exams and teeth cleaning services for your pet. Examinations include x-rays and a thorough inspection of your pet’s mouth, teeth, and gums to detect signs of dental issues or periodontal disease. Routine exams enable us to catch dental issues early when they’re easier to treat. Teeth cleaning services involve scaling and polishing your pet’s teeth to leave them sparkling clean. We sedate all pets for dental exams, x-rays, and cleanings.
What are some signs of dental problems in pets?
The following signs are an indication your pet needs dental care:
- Discolored teeth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Persistent foul breath
- Decreased appetite/difficulty chewing
- Constant rubbing of head or mouth on carpeting
Why does my pet need professional teeth cleaning?
Like people, pets can suffer from plaque and tartar buildup on their teeth. This buildup can lead to gum infections and periodontal disease. Left untreated, periodontal disease can eat away at the bone of your pet’s teeth, causing them to weaken and fall out. Periodontal disease can also enter your pet’s bloodstream and cause liver, heart, and kidney problems. Through professional teeth cleaning, our veterinarian can remove plaque and tartar buildup, especially under the gum line where periodontal disease can start, to protect your pet’s teeth.
How often should my pet have his teeth cleaned?
That depends on the state of your pet’s teeth. If your pet has good oral health, annual exams and cleanings should be sufficient to keep his teeth in good health. If he has pre-existing dental issues, he may need bi-annual exams and cleanings. Senior pets may also need bi-annual exams to maintain good oral health.
Why are pets sedated for dental care?
We cannot perform comprehensive dental care services on your pet unless he is sedated. Cleanings involve scaling under your pet’s gum line to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria that can cause periodontal disease. This can be painful for your pet. We also take x-rays and thoroughly inspect your pet’s mouth. It’s doubtful your pet would cooperate with us while we perform these services. Sedating your pet makes it easier for our vet to do a thorough job without stressing out your pet.
See Our Westland, MI Veterinarian for Your Pet’s Dental Care
To schedule an appointment for a pet dental exam, contact Unleashed Pet Care in Westland, MI at 734-469-2800.