Dental care is an often overlooked, but important component, of your dog and cat’s health care. A good sound dental program will provide comfort and longevity to your pet’s life as well as make them more pleasant to be around. Both dogs and cats both need routine dental care. We offer advice on home dental care and give you options on how to achieve the best results. Ask us how we can assist you in providing dental care for your pet.
Preventative Dental Care at Jupiter Animal Hospital
Jupiter Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing the following comprehensive, preventative dental services:
- Oral/dental exams
- Comprehensive dental cleanings, polishing and fluoride treatments
- Minor oral surgery including, but not limited to, tooth extractions, fistula repairs and removal of oral tumors
- Comprehensive pain management before, during and after any oral procedure that may produce discomfort
- Monitored general anesthesia through our knowledgeable, well-trained technicians with the aid of digital monitoring for the vital signs
- All anesthetic patients have a designated technician/nurse assigned to them at all times
- Home dental care instructions and product recommendations
- A referral network to veterinary dentists and specialists when needed
We also offer non-anesthetic dentistry for your dog or cat, a safe alternative to standard anesthetic dental cleanings for older pets and pets with chronic kidney, liver or heart disease who might not be a candidate for general anesthesia. Our techniques allow us to clean, scale, polish and flush above and below your pet’s gum line. Our process is that we build trust and approach your pet very slowly. As we build trust, almost every dog and cat we treat will allow us to use all of the same dental tools used in traditional veterinary dentistry. However, there are some pets who are not candidates for non-anesthetic dentistry, including pets with severe gingivitis, caries, fractured or loose teeth or stomatitis. In these cases, traditional dental methods are the best treatment options.
At Home Dental Care:
Brushing your pet’s teeth every day will reduce or eliminate plaque buildup. Plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, will progress to periodontitis, which is characterized by pockets of chronic infection, oral pain, and severe infections. Left untreated, it will eventually loosen and destroy the tooth and possibly lead to bone loss. The infection under the gum line can also spread to the liver, kidneys and heart.
Please call us to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians if your dog or cat is exhibiting any of these signs of dental diseases:
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth