Pet Dental Care for Healthy Mouths

Pets develop plaque that can turn into tartar just like humans. Furthermore, this tartar can invade your pet’s gum-line and causing gingivitis, and in serious cases periodontitis. Regular pet dental care can easily prevent troublesome tooth and gum disease. At Fairview Hospital, we know how difficult it can be to brush your pet’s teeth daily. That is why we educate our pet parents on the proper way to brush their pet’s teeth and educate them about which dental chews and treats best prevent dental disease. Your pet’s dental health will be evaluated at each examination, and if your pet does require a professional dental scaling and polishing or requires surgical tooth extraction we provide this service as well. Follow our preventive dental care recommendations and services to keep your pet healthy and pain free!

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Prevent Gum Disease in Your Companion

Gum disease, otherwise known as gingivitis, can lead to more serious dental disease called periodontitis. The American Veterinary Dental College cites that by three-years old, most cats and dogs show symptoms of periodontal disease. Fortunately, regular pet dental care can entirely prevent the condition that in its most severe form can wreak havoc on your pet’s immune system, and cause loss of teeth, gums and bone.

Signs of dental disease in your pet include:

  • Bad breath odor
  • Discolored teeth with tartar buildup
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Drooling more than usual
  • Dropping food when trying to eat
  • Red, bleeding gums
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss

Use our pet dental care services and products to prevent gum disease and pain in your companion’s mouth.

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How We Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Fresh

Your pet’s comfort and safety is always a top priority for us at Fairview. Pre-anesthetic blood work is recommended prior to your pet’s dental procedure. This can be done on the day of the procedure in our in-house laboratory. Once blood work shows no underlying concerns your pet is sedated, then a breathing mask is placed to administer gas anesthesia. Your companion’s heart rate, blood oxygen levels and blood pressure are monitored constantly during the procedure to provide safe anesthesia. If we see anything unusual during your pet’s cleaning, we will promptly contact you so it can be taken care of immediately while your pet is still under anesthesia. Should your pet require surgical tooth extraction due to advanced periodontal disease or a fractured or abscessed tooth, our veterinarians are trained to provide this service as well.

Dental examinations should be performed by our veterinarians yearly. If we notice any dental disease, we will discuss what dental care and/or cleaning your pet needs. Dr. Shelly Stevens and Dr. Robert Groesch are eager to educate you on the best ways to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Here at Fairview Hospital for Animals we sell a wide variety of dental products including chews, treats, and toothbrush and tooth paste options. Follow our preventative dental care recommendations to keep your companion’s mouth clean, healthy and pain free! Healthy mouths make happy pets! Please contact us with your questions about pet dental care.