Why We Advocate for Pet Dental Care
An astonishing number of adult dogs and cats in the US are living with dental disease, a condition that can cause lasting damage without proper treatment. At Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic, we see swollen gums and discolored teeth on a regular basis. While dental disease is common, it can be prevented very easily with consistent care.
We can help you prevent dental disease and extend the effects of comprehensive dental care to keep your pet healthier. Additionally, we’re happy to offer recommendations and other resources to help you manage their dental needs.
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What Causes Dental Disease?
Since your pet cannot brush their own teeth, tartar will form all along their gum line and eventually spread under the gum line. Due to thriving bacteria and lack of care, this can ultimately result in receding gums and tooth decay.
Signs your pet has or is developing dental disease include:
- Gingivitis (red, swollen gums)
- Bad breath
- Heavy drooling
- Blood-tinged saliva
- Difficulty eating
- Decreased activity
- Tooth discoloration
- Tooth loss
Dental disease can lead to these problems:
- Weight loss
- Oral bacterial infections
- Dental abscesses
- Broken teeth
- Bone loss
- Disease of the heart, liver, and kidneys
“Would highly recommend this clinic for your family's pets. Our creatures have seen several of the vets here as it often depends on what day I can bring them in. I appreciate their willingness to work around schedules. The clinic has always been willing to see them right away when their was an acute illness.”
- Staci W.
How to Prevent Dental Disease
The key to keeping your pet resistant to dental disease is treating their oral health as you would yours. Dogs and cats need consistent at-home care, along with professional care from our team that includes:
- A full oral exam
- Tooth scaling and polishing
- Digital dental radiography to check for underlying damage
- Recommendations for at-home treatment
At-home treatment can include brushing your pet’s teeth daily, switching their food to a tartar-control diet, and substituting their usual treats for dental chews (dogs only). For more recommendations to help with your pet’s dental care, give us a call at (262) 723-2644!