Pet Dentistry

Mobile Pet Dental Care

Your pet’s total wellness and preventative care routine should include regular oral hygiene and pet dentistry. Left unattended, your pet’s teeth and gums can develop periodontal disease, infections, cavities, abscesses and other problems which can be both painful and harmful to your pet’s overall health. For example, periodontal disease (an overgrowth of bacteria in pockets between the teeth and gums) can infect your pet’s bloodstream, harming vital organs, and can even lead to death.

In order to stay healthy and avoid discomfort, pets should be kept on a regular oral hygiene routine and should have regularly scheduled professional cleanings.

What to Look For: Signs of Periodontal Disease and Oral Health Problems in Pets

  • Unusually bad breath (halitosis)
  • Sudden disinterest in chew toys
  • Difficulty picking up food
  • Frequently dropping toys or food
  • Appetite loss
  • Swelling in the face or mouth
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Loose, broken or missing teeth
  • Red or bleeding gums
  • Head shyness (avoiding being touched)

    What to Expect During Your Pet's Dental Appointment

    Our veterinarian will ask you questions about your pet’s previous dental care and whether or not you practice at-home oral care. We might also order x-rays of your pet’s teeth, in the event cavities or other internal problems, which cannot be diagnosed with the naked eye, are suspected.

    Dog and cat dental appointments are similar to a person’s, including an examination, professional cleaning and polishing. During pet dental appointments, however, veterinarians sedate pets using general anesthesia for the duration of the procedure.

    Capital Home Veterinary Care’s mobile clinic is fully equipped with state of the art equipment which we use to monitor your pet’s vital signs to ensure safety and administer the highest quality anesthetic medications throughout the dental cleaning for healthy teeth without anxiety or discomfort.

    Our veterinarian will also discuss at-home dental care you can practice with your pet in between appointments. This might include regular brushing, dietary adjustments, teeth-healthy chew toys and/or treats specially formulated to promote oral health.

    Preparing for a Pet Dental Examination, Cleaning or Tooth Extraction

    Since general anesthesia is used during dental procedures, our veterinarian will provide you with some simple guidelines to follow prior to and after your pet’s dental appointment. These guidelines might include instructions for restricting food and water before the procedure or administering medications, if necessary. We also might make recommendations for feeding your pet following the procedure, if any sensitivity will be present.

    Complete Pet Dentistry at Your Doorstep

    Capital Home Veterinary Care’s mobile clinic is fully equipped to provide your pet with dental examinations, cleaning, polishing and tooth extractions at your doorstep. To schedule a dental appointment for your cat or dog, contact us today.

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