By the time your cat or dog is 3 years old, she will most likely show some signs of dental disease, which will only worsen without professional pet dental care. Periodontal (gum) disease impacts much more than your pet’s breath or smile: the condition can become extremely painful, and as the bacteria builds up in your pet’s gums, it can eventually travel to her organs and cause kidney, liver, or heart damage.
Signs of Dental Disease in Cats and Dogs
Your pet’s True Care Veterinary Hospital veterinarian will take a look at your pet’s mouth during every wellness exam to check for outward signs of dental disease, but it’s important to contact us right away if you notice any of the following problems:
- Foul breath
- Loose or broken teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Abnormal chewing, food falling out of the mouth
- Swollen gums or lumps in the mouth
- Pawing at the mouth or reduced appetite
- Bleeding in the mouth
Effective Cat Dental Care and Dog Dental Care
A key component of your pet’s dental care are professional dental cleanings under general anesthesia—typically once a year. The use of general anesthesia is necessary to allow our veterinarians to thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth, remove plaque, take digital dental x-rays, and perform any extractions necessary.
We understand that the use of anesthesia can be concerning to pet parents. We do all we can to minimize any risk, including monitoring your pet’s vital signs and blood oxygen levels throughout the procedure as well as during your pet’s post-anesthesia recovery.
At-home Dental Hygiene
You will be amazed at how clean and healthy your pet’s mouth looks after a professional pet dental care visit! The most important thing you can do at home to maintain your pet’s oral health is to regularly brush your pet’s teeth using a species-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. We are always happy to demonstrate proper brushing techniques for you.
To help reduce the buildup of tartar, you can also offer your pet dental treats and chews approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. Ideally, begin your cat dental care or dog dental care when your pet is a puppy or kitten, but it’s never too late! Your senior pet will also benefit from at-home dental hygiene.
Your pet deserves to live a long, healthy life with a clean, healthy mouth. As part of your pet’s overall wellness care, Your True Care Veterinary Hospital professional will create a dental plan tailored for your pet. Please contact us to schedule a dental examination or if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s oral health.
Doctor Tullio is a kind, caring gentleman who has cared for my cocker spaniels for many years now. He has always been helpful‚ honest‚ and understanding with my pets and me. He is a man I trust completely and have and do refer others to him. Any pet owner can feel safe and secure in trusting their beloved pets to his skilled hands.
—Margaret Rowe‚ Howell‚ NJ
Molly and Oscar have been patients of Dr. Tullio for several years. I have been very pleased with his care‚ his expertise‚ and his understanding with my two Wheatens. Dr. Tullio has been quick to diagnose any issues and remedy all of the problems we’ve had. I look forward to many more years working with Dr. Tullio. I wish him well in his venture.
Dr. Tullio has always treated our dogs with great knowledge‚ care‚ and compassion‚ and we have grown to know him quite well. We have been so completely impressed with Dr. Tullio’s consistent excellence in care and services that we wanted to share our experience with others. We are pleased to recommend as the place to go for both quality treatment and compassionate care for your furry family members.
When my parents’ dog Kya died very suddenly a few years ago‚ their regular vet was not at work that day. But thankfully‚ Dr. Tullio was and treated my parents and their dog as if he was their doctor for the past 15 years—doing everything he could to try and revive Kya and by being so compassionate to my parents in the waiting room after having to deliver the sad news. We truly can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Tullio and can’t wait for him to open his new facility! Thank you.
—Lori Forrest & Bob Leahy