Regular dental care is imperative for the lifelong health care of your dog or cat, unfortunately, it is a common concern for pets to not receive the necessary dental care they greatly need.
Our veterinary dentists in Gardena provide comprehensive dental care for your pet, from basics such as dental exams, teeth cleanings to polishing, and surgeries.
Our dog and cat dentists believe that dental care advice is one of the easiest ways that we can help you with caring for your pet.
Dental surgery can be a frightening experience for some pets and their owners. We aim to make the process as comfortable as possible, for both you and your pet.
We want to ensure that we are here to help with anything that you might need regarding dental surgery. We will explain each of the steps of the procedure in detail prior to beginning, including preparation and post-operative care requirements.
Some of the services we offer are jaw fracture repair surgeries, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.
Typically most pets will see the dentist once a year unless suffering from other conditions or old age.
Our dog vets at Alondra Animal Hospital are here to assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in your pets.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
Your vet will perform a complete pre-anesthetic physical exam to ensure that your pet will stay safe for the duration of the procedure.
We will also perform extra diagnostics such as blood tests and urinalysis to be sure that your pet will be safe to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Your pet's teeth will be cleaned above and below the gum line. After the thorough cleaning, we will then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth.
A dental sealant will be applied after your pet's teeth have been completed cleaned as a form of preventive care. If your dog or cat vet notices signs of periodontal disease, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
It is highly recommended to have a follow-up appointment after any dental surgery. These checkups will typically be scheduled for approximately two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions at our hospital.
Just like humans, pets can develop signs of poor oral health such as plaque and periodontal disease.
Your pet's teeth need to be brushed regularly in order to ensure their overall health.
If left untreated, this buildup can lead to possible infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
If your pet is experiencing common dental problems, they may begin to show signs of oral issues such as drooling excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or they may use their paws to physically try to claw at their teeth and faces. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.
Bad breath, swollen gums and pain may all interfere with your pet's eating habits.
While we may be most aware of the short-term effects of dental issues, there are also some serious issues that may develop such as disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
If dental conditions are left untreated your pet may feel poorly overall as well as may potentially have their overall lifespan shortened.
Routine dental care is an integral part of your pet's overall health.
During your pet's routine exam your vet will first thoroughly clean and examine your pet's teeth and look them over for any concerning symptoms.
Any debris or tartar will be cleaned from your pet's teeth. If your vet notices any signs of cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions they will require those to be addressed immediately, by explaining their finding then suggesting and implementing a treatment plan.
Your vet may consider dental surgery in severe cases. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia to ensure that they are comfortable and not in any pain for the duration of the surgery. However, your pet will require extra care after the surgery has been completed.
Brushing your pet's teeth on a regular basis as well as providing them with dental chews and treats will help to scrub any tartar or build-up from their teeth.
Do not under any circumstances allow your pet to chew on anything that may cause them harm.
The entire process of providing dental care to any animal can be a stressful experience for everyone involved and your pet may become agitated.
Our Gardena vets provide anesthesia to all pets prior to performing dental procedures. This allows our vets to tend to your pets in the safest and most efficient way possible.
Alondra Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Gardena companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.