Dental care in pets is a complex yet essential part of veterinary care that your pet needs in order to lead a long and healthy life. Typically though, we find that dental care is one of the most neglected aspects of pet health.
Westside Veterinary Clinic offers dental examinations including digital dental radiography, ultrasonic cleanings, tooth extractions and preventative education for pet owners in DeRidder, Rosepine, Fort Polk, and Merryville, Louisiana. To ensure that we provide the best in dental care that veterinary medicine has to offer, we have furnished our facility with state-of-the-art equipment including our advanced digital dental radiological technology.
As with people, oral disease in pets begins with bacteria in the mouth that harden and form plaque that adhere to teeth. If not removed through regular care and cleaning, these bacteria will accumulate, harden into tartar, and can lead to the development of periodontal disease. Left untreated, dental disease can cause bad breath, oral pain, tooth decay and loss, diminished quality of life, as well as bacterial infections that can cause injury to the liver, kidneys, heart, and other organs.
At Westside Veterinary Clinic, we recommend initiating regular dental cleanings and exams when your pets are young to prevent the development of periodontal disease. Our digital dental radiography enables our veterinarians to provide a thorough dental exam. Because most periodontal disease occurs below the gumline, our digital radiography capabilities allow us to identify this disease more accurately than a physical exam alone. Digital x-rays show enamel defects, fractures beneath the gum line, bone loss, and oral tumors.
Once our doctors examine your pet’s teeth, we will be able to determine the correct course of treatment. This may include a thorough cleaning, or extractions while your pet is under anesthesia. Many clients report a much happier, more active pet after dental issues have been addressed.
Preventative care is the best treatment for dental disease. Our veterinarians can show you how to adequately care for your pet’s teeth and mouth at home. This may include brushing, dental health treats and regular examinations.
If you have never had your pet’s dental condition checked, or if you notice your pet exhibiting any of the following conditions, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule a dental care appointment:
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Swelling of the face
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Weight loss