Pet Dental Care at All Care Animal Clinic
What's going on inside your pet's mouth? Even if you're noticing any obvious signs of disease or injury, you need to make sure your dog or cat receives regular dental care in the form of preventative exams and cleanings. If a problem does exist, prompt dental attention can relieve symptoms and minimize complications. All Care Animal Clinic stands ready to serve as your source for pet dental care in West Palm Beach, FL.
Common Dog and Cat Dental Issues
Dog and cat dental problems aren't too different from those of humans (with the exception of feline tooth resorption, a painful condition that can plague older cats). One familiar problem is periodontal disease, a chronic inflammation of the gum tissue that can lead to tooth loss. This condition is set off by bacteria that accumulate around tartar. Bacteria can also cause serious infections in abscesses, especially if a cracked or broken tooth allows bacteria into the pulp chamber and jawbone. Oral cancer can escape pet owners' notice until the late stages, with deadly consequences.
Adding to all these problems is the fact that a diseased mouth is a painful, non-functional mouth. If your pet cannot chew properly, he may not be absorbing nutrients or digesting food correctly. Symptoms such as refusal to eat foul breath, bleeding gums, or obvious tooth damage require immediate care. But it's even better to detect such issues before they can reach a crisis point -- which is where preventative care comes in.
Preventative Care and Dental Treatment From Our West Palm Beach Veterinarian
Our West Palm Beach veterinarian, Dr. Oberto, recommends routine dental exams for most adult pets, as well as two exams per year for senior pets, pets suffering from dental problems, or breeds at elevated risk for dental disease. A routine exam includes X-rays and inspections of the teeth, gums, and oral cavity for the earliest signs of trouble. We can then administer any necessary dental care, from antibiotics to cancer surgery or tooth extraction, to preserve your pet's health. Dental cleaning under anesthesia gets rid of the tartar that leads to periodontal disease. We can also advise you on home care practices, such as anti-tartar foods and tooth brushing, to help your pet enjoy a higher overall standard of dental well-being.
Schedule a Dental Exam at Our Vet Center
Whether you suspect that your pet has a dental problem or you just want to keep such problems at bay for life, All Care Animal Clinic is the only vet clinic you need. Call (561) 688-1154 today to schedule a dental exam!