One of the most common signs of dental disease in animals is plaque buildup, which requires proper medical care before it worsens into periodontal disease. Plaque forms bacterial infection along the gum line. Without frequent removal, it eventually hardens into tartar. Left untreated, this leads to gradual destruction of the gum tissue and supportive structures around the teeth, resulting in tooth loss and various health issues.
Veterinary care, especially a thorough oral health care assessment, plays a crucial role in dental disease prevention and addressing dental issues in pets. As a leading veterinary hospital and provider of pet dental care in Cape Girardeau, MO, our veterinarians here at Dogwood Veterinary Hospital are ready to serve you.
In the early stages of dental disease, we may be able to recommend home dental health care measures such as tooth brushing, dental treats and rinses, and dental diets, promoting healthy oral hygiene and preventing bad breath. Dental care for preventable diseases in dogs and cats can vary.
However, when a dental procedure is necessary for your pet, such as a dental exam/diagnostic procedures or oral surgery, it requires specialized veterinary care. General anesthesia is often required to ensure the comfort and safety of your pet during the procedure. Your veterinarian will discuss the surgical and anesthetic procedures involved in a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment (COHAT) plan with you when dental care is needed.
Preoperative Lab Work
Teeth Cleaning and Polishing
Extractions when indicated
Pet dental services provided by our veterinarians teams ensure that your pet receives the necessary care while your pet is under anesthesia. Although the use of anesthesia can be a concern for pet owners, it allows the veterinary team to perform the dental procedures efficiently and comfortably, minimizing any potential discomfort or stress for your pet. It can also help prevent aggressive behavior and distress, which can disrupt the procedure or exam.
Upon discharge, the veterinary team will provide you with instructions on post-dental medications and any necessary follow-up care. You will also be updated if your pet will need more advanced procedures. They may also provide guidance on special feeding instructions and when to resume home dental care, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthier life through proper dental care. We do our best to give you and your pet a smooth and seamless dental experience. By prioritizing your pet’s dental health, you are ensuring a longer, happier, and healthier life for your furry friend.