While we consider dental hygiene to be a regular part of our routine, we often forget that our pets need the same kind of care. Dental problems in cats and dogs are often either the sign of another serious issue or can actually cause some severe health problems. Your pet’s gums and teeth should be checked at least annually to make sure they’re healthy and in good shape.

If you notice that your pet has particularly bad breath, any broken or missing teeth, obvious pain or bleeding around the mouth or if they aren’t eating, you should bring them in for a dental check up immediately. These and other symptoms may be signs of severe issues with your animal’s teeth. Pets are often very sensitive to having their mouth checked when they’re in pain, so please be careful when trying to evaluate the dental health of your animal.

There are a number of dental problems that may prompt a visit to the vet. The most common condition in cats and dogs is called periodontal disease, which involves infections of the structures around the teeth. Without proper preventative care, it will get worse as your pet ages. Unfortunately, the problems may not just limited to pain in your pet’s mouth, as advanced periodontal disease has been linked with heart, kidney and liver problems.

Other conditions we can help with include abscesses in the mouth and tooth infections as well as broken jaws. We know that these are stressful situations for both pets and owners. Thankfully, there are a number of procedures we can perform to help prevent and treat many of these dental problems.

Family Member Animal Hospital is also partnered with Dr. John P. Conway of Doggie Dentals LLC, performing Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings.  He offers teeth cleaning services at our clinic that eliminate the risks associated with anesthesia.  We can determine if your canine is best suited for this type of cleaning and would be happy to schedule an appointment for you today!

Family Member Animal Hospital is proud to provide animal dentistry in the Loveland, Fort Collins, Drake, Estes Park, Windsor, Johnstown, Berthoud and Greeley communities.