At Wimberley Veterinary Clinic, we know your pet's dental health involves more than just avoiding bad breath – it's about ensuring their comfort and long-term health, too. That’s why we offer various pet dental care services to make sure your companion’s needs are being met. Dogs and cats are both at risk for dental disease, an inflammatory bacterial infection of the mouth that can eventually affect the heart, liver, and kidneys if left untreated. But with regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings, dogs and cats alike can enjoy fresh breath, a healthy mouth, and a potentially longer life.
We can help you stay on top of your pet’s dental care. Call (512) 847-5630 or request an appointment today.
How to Tell If Your Pet Needs to Have Their Teeth Cleaned
Bad breath is usually the most obvious sign that your pet needs to have their mouth checked and cleaned. We usually think bad breath is normal in dogs and cats, but that isn’t the case. Bad breath is a likely sign of an infection in the mouth and should be addressed by a veterinarian sooner than later.
Other, less obvious signs of possible dental disease in pets include:
- Dropping food
- Lip smacking
- Chewing on one side
- Drooling more than normal
- Eating less
- Shies away from having mouth handled
- Blood in saliva
- Changes in behavior such as irritability or being less sociable
How We Do Teeth Cleanings for Dogs and Cats
Our pet dental care services are designed to aid in the treatment and prevention of dental disease in dogs and cats. Much like routine teeth cleanings for humans, our pet teeth cleaning procedures involve removing plaque and tartar buildup and polishing the teeth to discourage future buildup.
However, there are some differences, as dogs and cats require a more careful approach to their treatment, because they need to be under anesthesia to have their teeth cleaned properly.