An often overlooked, but necessary aspect of animal healthcare is routine dental care. The idea of brushing your pet’s teeth may strike you as humorous, but the knowledgeable veterinarians at Silver Star Animal Hospital want you to know that this simple act may prevent serious problems later down the road. Dogs and cats can suffer from cavities, plaque and tartar build-up, gum disease, and even abscessed teeth. If untreated, your pet can end up very ill from gastrointestinal infections or even sepsis.
At Silver Star Animal Hospital, we offer dentistry services including dental cleaning procedures, extractions, and oral surgeries. During a normal exam, our veterinarians will take a look at your pet’s gum lines, teeth, cheeks, palate and tongue. If they suspect an issue with any of these, they may recommend a further dental procedure such as an extraction, gum scraping, tongue scraping or possibly root canals.
To prevent the development of periodontal disease and other complications, we recommend initiating regular dental cleanings and exams when your pets are young. Routine checkups and cleanings from your veterinarian are key factors in keeping your pet healthy. Brushing your pet’s teeth in between cleanings and supplying them with oral hygiene chews are additional preventive measures. We offer special toothpastes, topical medicines, supplements, and tasty treats to freshen breath and prevent plaque buildup.
How can you as a pet owner recognize if your pet is in need of dental attention? If you notice any of these following symptoms, then bring your pet in right away for an exam at Silver Star Animal Hospital.
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Swelling of the face
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Weight loss
Silver Star Animal Hospital provides pet dental health services to pet parents in Orlando, Ocoee, Apopka, and Windermere, Florida.