Veterinary Services

Pet Dental Cleaning

Ensure your pets’ overall health with proper dental care at Elko Veterinary Clinic. Combat issues like weight loss, bad breath, and disease risks with expert pet dental cleaning in Elko, NV.

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Comprehensive Pet Dental Care

When we think about our pets’ health, we often forget about a vital part of their wellbeing – their dental care. As a species that is routinely taught to brush our own teeth twice a day, we really ought to make more effort to ensure that our animals’ teeth are as healthy as our own. Some of the symptoms of poor oral care in pets include:

Weight loss. Infected gums and tooth pain can result in a reduced appetite and significant weight loss.

Bad breath due to neglected teeth and gums.

Dirty, stained teeth that could be harbouring bacteria.

Heart, kidney, and liver disease, which can all arise from untreated dental infections.

Premature death. Bad teeth and gums can actually shorten the life expectancy of your pet.

One primary cause of these problems is gum disease, which occurs when bacteria-harbouring plaque and tartar accumulate on your pets’ teeth. This can infect the gum tissue, causing pain and potential tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter the bloodstream and damage the pets’ internal organs, which, untreated, can lead to organ failure and eventually death.

Feline Dental Health: Symptoms and Care

Research has shown that dental disease is the primary health concern for cats, with around 70% of felines aged over 3 experiencing some form of dental problem. Between 4 and 6 months of age, kittens lose their baby teeth and develop their permanent ones. Once the permanent ones are present, your cat should have around 30 teeth.

Some of the symptoms of dental disease in cats include:

  • Drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Decreased appetite
  • Discolored teeth
  • Blood in the saliva
  • Bleeding, red, or swollen gums
  • Weight loss
  • Receding gums
  • Broken or missing teeth

Dental prophylaxis, otherwise known as a clean and polish, is the most routine dental treatment performed on cats. It usually takes around 60 minutes and there is no need for your cat to stay with us afterwards. While all dental work requires that your pet has a general anesthetic, the risks are minimal, and we can perform a pre-anesthetic screening test if requested or required. Once your cat is under sedation, we will perform an oral examination before cleaning and polishing. If any radiographs or extractions are required, then we will do them at this time.

It is vitally important for you to carry on your cat’s dental care at home. There are a variety of brushing kits available that usually include a finger brush, a small pet toothbrush, and special toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste on your pets’ teeth. Make brushing your cats’ teeth an integral part of their daily routine to ensure that you are providing the best preventative care for dental disease possible.

Canine Dental Health: Symptoms and Prevention

Doggy dental care is also extremely important. Most adult dogs will have 42 teeth by the time they are 7 or 8 months old, but many show signs of gum disease by the time they are four years old due to a lack of proper cleaning. Symptoms of poor dental or oral health can include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Inflamed or red gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Cysts under the tongue
  • Tumors in the gum
  • Particularly bad breath

As with cats, brushing your dogs’ teeth as a part of their regular daily routine can help prevent the onset of oral decay. There are plenty of canine brushing kits available, or alternatively, you could use gauze wrapped around your fingers. Again, make sure you purchase special pet toothpaste, as human toothpaste can make them very sick.