Dental disease is one of the most common health problems for dogs and cats.  Good pet dental hygiene can help prevent gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth loss.

The Westgate Animal Clinic dental services include:

  • A complete dental exam and digital dental x-rays
  • Evaluation of teeth mobility, fractures, malocclusion, and periodontal disease
  • Ultrasonic scaling to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and under the gum line
  • High-speed polishing with a fluoride paste
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Oral surgery (tooth extraction, mass removal)
  • Administration of pain management medication before, during, and after your pet’s operation
  • Take home instructions for dental care and on-site dental hygiene product recommendations

Dental procedures require your pet to be placed under anesthesia.  We conduct a full physical exam and blood work analysis prior to any surgical/dental procedure. This confirms that your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia and the procedure. We use multi-model pain management technique specific to your pet’s age, breed, and health status. All animals that undergo anesthesia have their blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm, and blood oxygen levels carefully monitored by veterinary technician.  Most pets go home the same day as the dental procedure.

At Home Dental Care for your Dog or Cat

Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is the best way to reduce plaque buildup.  We recommend owners brush their pet’s teeth at the same time each day with a pet toothpaste (do not use human toothpaste) and a brushing device (toothbrush, finger brush, gauze on your finger, etc.).

iStock_000009963934_MediumSigns of Dental Disease in your Pet:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Swelling of the mouth, jaws, gums, or face
  • Pet does not play with chew toys as often
  • Slow to eat food
  • Weight loss