Routine at-home and professional dental care is a key aspect of cats' and dogs' oral and overall health.
Sadly, however, most pets don't actually get the oral hygiene care that they need in order to keep their gums and teeth healthy throughout their life.
At our veterinary hospital in Stanwood, we are proud to offer dental care for your pet. This includes periodontal exams, full mouth dental digital x-rays, ultrasonic scaling, polishing, Oravet sealant application and dental surgery if necessary.
We also make a point of providing dental health education to pet owners about home dental care for their pets. Ask us about how you can help preserve your dog or cat's oral and overall health at your pet's next appointment.
We know that discovering your pet needs dental surgery can be overwhelming for a number of reasons. However, the veterinary team at Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood strives to make this process as stress-free as possible both for you and your pet.
We'll do everything we can to ensure your pet's experience with us is comfortable and easy. We'll break down each step of the process to you in detail before the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care requirements.
We offer periodontal and oral surgery as well as dental extractions for dogs and cats.
Just like your own annual checkup with your dentist, your cat or dog should come in to see us for a dental exam at least once each year. Pets who are more prone to developing dental health issues may need to visit us for routine checkups more often than that.
Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
We will complete a comprehensive physical assessment of your pet before we administer anesthesia and begin their oral exam.
We will take blood and urine analyses to ensure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG 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 ultrasonically scaled along the crown of the tooth as well as under the gingiva. Full-mouth dental digital radiographs will be taken and a periodontal exam will be performed.
At that time, the veterinarian will determine if extractions are needed and develop a treatment plan. The teeth will then be polished. Lastly, an Oravet sealant will be applied to protect the teeth from plaque buildup for the following two weeks.
We will try to schedule a follow-up exam two weeks after your pet's initial checkup and cleaning 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.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our clients about pet dental care.
If they have poor oral health for long enough, our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay just like people.
Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
This can lead to 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.
Did you know behavior may be an indication of oral health problems? If your pet is experiencing dental problems, they drool excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or you may notice them pawing at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.
Some other possible signs of oral health issues include tooth discoloration, swollen gums and bad breath. Sometimes, pets may even suffer from enough pain that they stop eating properly. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
On top of causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues in pets can also cause diseases affecting their liver, heart, lungs, kidneys and other internal organs throughout their body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will examine his or her mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.
The vet will clean tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take.
In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us.
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Don't allow your pet to chew on things that will damage their teeth like toys, bones or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet if you have any questions or concerns about your companion's oral health.
Oral exams and treatment may be challenging for our veterinarians as may pets do not like to have their mouths examined or touched, especially if they are painful.
We use a multimodal anesthetic approach to ensure appropriate dental care is provided with the lowest level of stress and pain for our patients.
Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood is always accepting new patients! Our veterinary team is committed to compassion and expertise in our care. We are passionate about supporting our community members and their pets. Get in touch today to book your first appointment.