Veterinary Dental Care for Dogs and Cats in Citrus Heights
When it comes to overall health and wellness, your pet’s teeth and gums play a large part. In fact, by the time they reach their third birthday, most dogs and cats will have some form of periodontal disease. Without the proper care, infections that start in the mouth can travel through the blood and negatively affect other parts of the body. Luckily, Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital provides comprehensive dental care for dogs and cats.
Signs of Dental Disease
Our pets cannot verbally tell us when they are experiencing pain in their teeth or gums, but there are ways we can spot issues early. Signs of dental disease include:
- Bad breath: Bad doggy or kitty breath is often an indication that there is an infection somewhere in the mouth. If you suddenly notice a foul odor when your pet breathes in your direction, it might be time to schedule an appointment.
- Red or bleeding gums: Periodontal disease can cause redness, swelling, or even bleeding in the gums. If you notice any discoloration or signs of bleeding, it is important to get an oral veterinary exam.
- Changes in eating: Pets in pain will sometimes shy away from food. It is always a good idea to schedule an exam if you notice your dog or cat is not eating as much as normal.
- Broken teeth: fractured or broken teeth could leave your pet susceptible to infections getting into the tooth root and require veterinary intervention.
Comprehensive Dental Exams Using AAHA Guidelines
Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital is proud to offer comprehensive dental exams that adhere to the strict AAHA guidelines. We take detailed X-rays and perform exams under anesthesia to provide the safest and most thorough exams and cleanings. Once we create this baseline of oral health, we can compare it to future exam results to spot and treat any potential issues early.
Whether you suspect your pet has an oral infection or it’s time for an annual cleaning, we are here for you. Call us, text us, or request an appointment online using our pet portal or request form today to schedule an appointment.