The veterinarians of Lake Animal Hospital believe that dental health is an important aspect of a pet’s overall wellness, longevity, and comfort.
Dental disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions in adult dogs and cats. If left untreated, the bacteria from dental disease can spread infection throughout the body, impacting everything from the kidneys to the heart, and even shortening your pet’s life.
Dental disease causes significant pain that your pet cannot tell you about, so they often suffer in silence.
Help your pet beat the odds by making a commitment to regular dental care – both professional and at home. Lake Animal Hospital offers preventative and pet dentistry services to keep your companion’s mouth healthy and clean for life!
Lake Animal Hospital partners with pet owners to ensure a lifetime of oral health. During regular health care visits our veterinarians will provide a dental assessment. Since there can be no clinical signs of oral pain or disease, regular annual examination by a veterinarian is key to identifing dental disease.
If you notice particularly unpleasant breath, drooling, gum bleeding, facial swelling, pawing at the face, or a reluctance to chew, please contact us <link Contact Us page> for a dental exam.
In-Hospital Dental Care
If we spot signs of dental disease such as gingivitis, plaque and tartar buildup, or other problems during a routine exam, we will recommend a thorough dental cleaning.
At Lake Animal Hospital, pet dental cleanings are performed under anesthesia, as recommended by the American Veterinary Dental College and required by the American Animal Hospital Association. As with other anesthetic procedures at Lake Animal Hospital, blood work is performed to confirm the pet is healthy and to identify any potential anesthetic risk that will need to be monitored. All patients under anesthesia are on IV fluid support, and vital signs monitored by a licensed veterinary technician throughout the procedure and during post-operative recovery.
During the dental cleaning, a complete oral exam is performed to identify diseased and painful teeth. The teeth are then scaled and polished to remove plaque and calculus. We also can take digital dental X-rays to evaluate if there is disease below the gum line that cannot be detected by exam.
If oral disease is detected, our veterinary team is experienced in treating and managing these situations and can perform various advanced procedures, such as tooth extractions and oral surgery. Antibiotics and pain medication will be prescribed as necessary to ensure your pet’s comfort during recovery.
Preventative Dental Care
There are a number of steps pet owners can take to safeguard the longevity and comfort of your pet with good preventive and veterinary dental care.
- Daily brushing using a pet-safe toothpaste to minimize plaque/tartar buildup
- Dental chews and treats designed to remove plaque such as CET Chews
- Oral rinses to protect against bacterial growth
- Prescription Dental Diets such as Purina DH or Science Diet TD
- Annual oral exams by a veterinarian
Keeping your pets’ teeth clean and healthy is a great way to ensure total body health. Contact us today to schedule an oral exam for your special companion today! (651) 426-1381
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Emergency or After-Hours Care
Animal Emergency Clinics:
St. Paul – (651) 293-1800
Oakdale – (651) 501-3766