Pets often hide signs of disease or illness as a survival instinct, so it's very important for pet owners to pay attention to what behaviors are normal for their furry family members.
|Your pet's oral health impacts
its overall health.
Here are 6 signs of dental disease in pets:
- Bad breath
- Red gums
- Pus oozing from gums
- Facial swelling
- Yellow or brownish buildup on the teeth
- Pain (pets often hide pain – one clue can be decreased appetite or dropping food from the mouth)
Treating Your Pet's Dental Disease
The veterinarians at Beach Park Animal Hospital always conduct a thorough head-to-toe exam as well as a comprehensive oral exam. If we identify signs of dental disease, we may recommend a professional dental cleaning. Just like your dentist, the veterinarians do a full exam, chart any findings, probe the gums for any pockets, x-ray suspicious teeth, scale the teeth to remove tartar, polish the teeth, and apply fluoride. If needed, some restorative measures and oral surgery may also be performed.
Pre-anesthetic testing prior to a professional dental cleaning will be required. This allows the doctors to be sure they are using the safest anesthesia protocol for your particular pet. This may include blood work and an electrocardiogram to see whether your pet is a candidate for anesthesia. It is necessary for your pet to be anesthetized to fully diagnose the source of the problem and take steps to correct it.
Our anesthesia protocol includes using medicines that have been determined safest to use on your pet, and extensive monitoring of ECG, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and temperature by experienced veterinary technicians. We also ensure the pet is hydrated during the procedure by placing an IV catheter and giving fluids throughout the dental procedure.
Remember, untreated dental problems in pets have been linked to serious medical problems including heart, liver and kidney disease. If you notice bad breath or other signs of dental disease, call us at (847) 244-1230 to schedule an appointment.