There are many reasons why your pet should have their mouth and teeth examined as well as having regular cleanings. Like human teeth, our pets’ teeth are susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup over time; imagine if you did not brush your teeth daily! This buildup can lead to an inflammatory condition known as gingivitis, or other serious issues due to the associated bacteria. These conditions may affect not only your pet’s mouth and oral comfort, but their heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. It is a common misconception that your pet will stop eating or show pain when dental disease is present. At Plantation Midtown Animal Hospital, we believe that veterinarians and pet owners are jointly responsible for keeping their loved ones as healthy as they can be. Your pet’s oral health has been correlated with both improved quality of life and increased longevity. Our facility in Plantation possesses the necessary equipment to improve your pet’s oral hygiene and maintain their dental health. The American Veterinary Dental College lists the most common signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs, cats and exotic mammals as: – Bad breath – Loose teeth – Red or swollen gums – Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar – Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area – Drooling or dropping food from the mouth – Bleeding from the mouth – Loss of appetite or loss of weight – Swelling on cheek/face If you notice any of these signs, please call for an appointment.
Dental Care Services
We offer our pet dental services to dogs, cats, rabbits, and other exotic pets. We frequently manage cases that include:
- Routine oral exams
- Dental prophylaxis (scaling and polishing the teeth to remove plaque and calculus)
- Dental X-rays (to view below the gum line and check for bone loss)
- Extractions due to decayed, fractured or infected teeth
- Gum disease (Gingivitis or Stomatitis)
- Oral tumors and gum overgrowth (epulus)
- Dental alignment and teeth trimming for rodents and rabbits
- At-home pet dental care instructions
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, pets must be sedated to properly perform dental cleanings. Just like with people, the majority of dental disease occurs below the gum line. We will be able to clean hard-to-reach spots beneath the gum line and perform a full oral exam. Our dental packages include pre-anesthetic exams and blood testing for pets prior to any dental procedure, to ensure they’re healthy enough to properly metabolize any medications.
Your Pet’s Dental Care Begins at Home
By age three, approximately 50% of dogs and cats will have some form of gum disease. Daily tooth brushing when they are young is one of the best ways to preserve their future dental health. We realize not every animal will allow daily brushing and we will be happy to work with you to formulate a dental health plan specific to your pet. For more information about what you can do to keep your pet’s teeth clean at home, please call us at (954) 473-8090, and we’ll be happy to help. If you’re concerned that your pet may have gum disease, contact us right away for an appointment.