Keeping Pets’ Mouths Healthy
Gum disease is one of the most common health problems that cats and dogs face. In its most advanced stage, gum disease can actually affect the internal organs, which can put a pet’s life at risk. Of course, no owner wants this for their pet, and neither do we. Palmetto Pet Hospital takes a proactive approach to dental care for our patients. That’s why we recommend that your pet have a comprehensive wellness exam at least once a year, during which we will determine if a cleaning is necessary.
In addition to professional veterinary dental care, it’s important for you to care for your pet’s teeth from home between visits. We’ll be happy to give you brushing tips and product recommendations to help you do this. There are many products designed to minimize tartar buildup.
Pet Dental Care in Fort Mill
Our pet dental services include:
- Ultrasonic scaling and polishing to remove plaque and calculi that contribute to gum disease
- Dental X-rays to view below the gum line, where unseen dental problems are found
- Any necessary extractions of diseased or broken teeth
As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we meet the highest standards in veterinary dental medicine, including our anesthetic protocols. We perform all dental procedures under anesthesia, for the safety of our patients. We also perform pre-anesthetic blood work to identify any underlying health issues that may need to be addressed.
Signs of Gum Disease
Some pets need a dental cleaning every year while others need them less frequently. Look for these signs that indicate dental care may be needed:
- Bad breath
- Red, irritated gum edges
- A hard, brown/yellow buildup along gum line
- Loose teeth
- Trouble eating or dropping food
- Pawing at the mouth
- Excessive salivation
- Losing weight
If you’ve noticed any of these signs, or if you’d like to learn more about our pet dental services in Fort Mill, give us a call at 803-547-8191.