Larchmont Animal Hospital Takes the Bite out of Pet Dental Problems
You’ve gotten close enough to your pet to know that he could benefit from mouthwash.
You love him despite his bad breath because your devotion to him is as unconditional as his is for you. But before you pull him close for a cuddle, you might wish to take a closer look. Bad breath in pets, just like bad breath in people, is a sign of a dental problem. And just like in people, dental problems are best addressed by an expert – in this case, a veterinarian who can treat a wide range of dental problems.
Look for signs of pet dental problems
Don’t be surprised if your pet resists your efforts to inspect her mouth. Dental problems can cause pets to become irritable and even pull away from people they love. Try petting her and soothing her and see if you notice:
- Loose or broken teeth
- Heavily discolored teeth
- Teeth coated in tartar
- Bleeding from the teeth or gums
- Swelling around the teeth or gums
- Abnormal or excessive drooling
Assess the possible causes of pet dental problems
You may even discover a cavity, though cavities are much less common in pets than people. Nevertheless, one of these symptoms could be caused by such maladies as:
- Abscesses or infected teeth
- Broken teeth and roots
- Cleft palate
- A cyst or tumor
- Misalignment of the teeth
- A palate defect
- Periodontal disease
Take pet dental problems seriously
Periodontal disease – so common in adults of the human type – is also common in dogs and cats. In fact, by the time your pet is 3 years old, he may exhibit some early warning signs of periodontal disease, especially a buildup of plaque that hardens into tartar.
Early treatment is critical because periodontal disease can affect more than your pet’s mouth and his ability to chew. For starters, it can be painful. And it can lead to heart, kidney and liver problems, too.
All tracks lead to Larchmont Animal Hospital for pet dental care
The veterinarians at Larchmont Animal Hospital are uniquely qualified to treat your pet’s dental problems, just as we remedy all the other ailments and problems your pet may suffer from.
If our board-certified veterinarians diagnose periodontal disease in your pet, they will thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth and take X-rays to determine the severity of the disease. Then they will consult with you about a treatment plan, tailored to your pet’s age and general physical condition.
You could say that our veterinarians know exactly how to take the bite out of dental problems. But they’d rather make sure that your pet reserves as much of her bite as possible.
Pet dental care in Larchmont, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle
For over 60 years, Larchmont Animal Hospital has provided expert pet dental care for clients in and around Larchmont, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle. Our board-certified veterinarians have many years of experience in pet dental care, and know exactly how to treat your pet’s dental problems.