Pet Dental Care in Monroeville
Bad breath, tartar buildup, red gums. If any of these conditions apply to your pet, it’s time for a dental exam, as these are some of the signs of early gum disease. Pets obviously can’t brush their own teeth, which is one of the reasons gum disease is so common in pets. In fact, more than half of all dogs and cats show signs of gum disease by just 3 years of age, according to the American Veterinary Dental College. The good news is, with regular pet dental exams and cleanings at Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital, you can lower or even eliminate your pet’s risk for dental disease. Our comprehensive dental services are designed to not only treat dental problems, but to prevent them from ever developing. We offer:
About Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning
At Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital, we make your pet’s comfort and safety our #1 priority not just with our dental procedures, but with all of our services. That’s why we recommend pre-anesthetic blood work before any dental procedure we perform so we can determine if there are any underlying health issues.
We begin each pet dental cleaning with an oral exam (before anesthesia) to determine the best course of treatment. We then administer anesthesia to perform a comprehensive oral examination, with the assistance of digital dental radiography. With digital X-rays, we can view below the gum line, which is where a large percentage of dental problems are found. We then clean your pet’s teeth using an ultrasonic scaler and polish them to remove any residual tartar and prevent future tartar buildup.
After your pet’s dental cleaning, we can apply OraVet® Barrier Sealants to reduce plaque and calculus. We can also provide recommendations for how to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy from home between dental checkups. These include brushing tips, dental chews, and chew toys that are designed to prevent tartar buildup.
Stages of Gum Disease in Pets
Similar to gum disease in humans, pet gum disease begins with tartar buildup. If not treated, it can progress to gingivitis and eventually, advanced periodontitis. Click the link below for an image that details the four stages of periodontal disease.
Be proactive about your pet’s dental health; call 412-373-8580 and schedule an exam at Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital today.