Rancho Bernardo Dental Care for Dogs & Cats
Did you know that dental disease is one of the biggest threats to your pet’s health and longevity? Unfortunately, many pets don’t get a proper diagnosis until their oral health is already compromised. There are early indicators of dental disease, but they are often easy to overlook. Regular wellness examinations, proper diet and an effective oral care routine are the best ways to prevent serious dental health problems. At Companion Care Veterinary Hospital our veterinarians are dedicated to providing the best possible care in the Del Sur, Rancho Bernardo, Forest Ranch, and Ramona areas. Comprehensive dental screenings are an important part of that service.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Pet Dental Disease
Approximately 80% of pets over the age of two are found to have some type of dental problem, it’s important to begin screening your pets at an early age. Some of the symptoms of oral health disease can be indicators of other problems and some may be temporary issues that resolve without intervention, that’s why it’s crucial to have your pet examined by one of our experienced veterinarians at least once every year. Signs your pet may be suffering with dental disease include:
- Avoiding play with chew toys
- Bad breath
- Discolored teeth
- Gums that look swollen or red
- Lack of interest in food or inability to eat as normal
- Loose teeth
Dental disease can lead to major health issues and impact your pet’s heart, liver, kidneys and other organs as well as its overall vitality. Dental care benefits your pet by keeping it healthy enough to eat a nutritious diet, especially during its senior years when proper nutrition is more important than ever.
What if My Pet Needs a Cleaning?
Some pet owners avoid dental screenings because they’re worried about the cost or the process of a cleaning. At Companion Care Veterinary Hospital we want to make the process as stress-free as possible for you and your pet by sharing all important information before a cleaning is scheduled. Every pet’s needs are different, but this list of things to expect may help ease your concerns about pet dental cleaning:
- For the safety of your pet, anesthesia is required to perform a cleaning. During a pre-surgical examination our veterinarian will determine the best way to proceed
- During the procedure, your pet’s heart rate and other vital statistics will be continuously monitored
- Even if extractions or advanced procedures are performed, most dental cleanings are considered an outpatient service. Our staff will provide all the information needed to safely care for your pet at home after the procedure.
- Some pets require several dental cleanings during their lifetime. Breed, size, diet and genetics can all play a part in your pet’s dental health.