Routine pet dental care is an important component of cats' and dogs' oral and overall health. That said, most pets don't receive the oral hygiene care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
At our veterinary clinic in Los Angeles, we provide complete dental care for your pet, from basics such as dental exams, teeth cleanings and polishing to dental X-rays and surgeries.
We are also passionate about educating pet owners about dental health and how critical home dental care is for pets.
We understand that learning that your pet needs dental surgery can be daunting. We strive to ensure this process is as stress-free as possible, for you and your pet.
We'll do everything in our power to ensure your pet's time with us is easy and comfortable. We'll explain each step of the process to you in detail prior to the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care requirements.
We offer tooth extractions, jaw fracture repair surgeries and gum disease treatment for cats and dogs.
Similar to your annual checkup at the dentist, your cat or dog should see us for a dental examination at least once each year. Pets who are more susceptible to dental problems than others may need to come in more often.
The vets at Rancho Park Veterinary Clinic can check for, diagnose and treat dental health issues in dogs and cats.
If you notice your pet displaying any of these symptoms, it's time for a dental checkup.
Before your pet's dental exam, your veterinarian will complete a thorough pre-anesthetic physical assessment.
We will take blood and urine analyses to make sure your pet can safely undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will perform a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Next, the vet will clean and polish the teeth (including under the gum line) and X-rays will be taken. A fluoride treatment will then be applied.
The final step is to apply a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found, the veterinarian will create a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
Ideally, a follow-up examination will be scheduled two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about pet dental care.
Our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a consequence of poor oral health.
Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
This can lead to infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
Did you know behavior may be an indication of oral health problems? If your pet is experiencing dental problems, they may drool excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or you may notice them pawing at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.
Other signs of oral health problems include bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. Some pets may even suffer from pain that keeps them from eating. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will examine his or her mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.
The vet will clean tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take.
In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us.
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Since cats and dogs do not understand what is happening during dental procedures, they will often react to dental procedures by biting or struggling.
Much like the anesthesia dentists provide to their human patients, our vets in Los Angeles provide anesthesia to all of our patients before performing dental procedures. This puts less stress on the animals and allows us to X-ray their mouth as required.
Rancho Park Veterinary Clinic welcomes cats, dogs, and their people to our clinic! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Los Angeles companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's appointment.