Like their human caregivers, dental care is critical to pets’ quality of life and health. At Animal Clinic of Arlington, our veterinarians recommend regular pet dental care and cleanings to optimize your companion animals’ health.
Preventing Problems with Your Pets’ Teeth
Signs that your pets may have a problem include:
- Bad breath
- Discoloration of the teeth
- Broken and loose teeth
- Swelling of the gums
- Pain when chewing
- Refusal to eat
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Baby teeth not falling out
- Excessive drooling
If your cats or dogs are showing any of the above symptoms, it's essential to schedule an appointment with our veterinarians as soon as possible. These problems may be caused by disease, infections, tumors, or injuries to the jaw.
What Happens at a Dental Checkup
Before the dental cleaning, your pets will need to be under anesthesia to allow our veterinarians to perform the procedure. It also allows us to take x-rays of the teeth, minimize the pain and stress of your pets, and protect your animals and our vets from being injured. One of our veterinary staff members will monitor the vitals of your furry animals throughout the cleaning procedure.
During the procedure, our veterinarians will remove the tartar and plaque buildup from your pets’ teeth and polish them using dentistry equipment. We will also check for problems that may need further correction or treatment.
Following the teeth cleaning, we may prescribe medication to help with your pets’ discomfort. Your beloved animals can return home after they have fully woken up from the anesthesia.
Schedule Your Pets’ Next Dental Exam Today
Pet dental care is an essential part of your cats’ or dogs’ overall health. At Animal Clinic of Arlington, we can diagnose problems related to oral health as well as provide dentistry cleaning services. Call us today at (817) 460-6622 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.