Pet Dental Care with our Veterinarians in Fairbanks, AK
As a pet owner, you understand the importance of scheduling routine checkups for your pet with our veterinary team at Chena Veterinary Clinic. What you may not be aware of, however, is that it’s just as important to have your pet’s dental health evaluated annually by our veterinarians in Fairbanks, AK. Our pet dental services are comprehensive, and we’ll work to ensure that your pet’s oral health is properly evaluated and managed.
Why Pet Dental Exams Are Important
Just like people, animals can develop health issues related to their teeth and mouth. Unfortunately, they can’t let you know directly when they are uncomfortable, and many oral health issues take a long time to develop extreme symptoms. Bringing your pet in once a year for a routine pet dental exam is a great way to ensure you’re staying on top of your pet’s oral health so that you know there aren’t problems lurking on the horizon.
This is especially important because dental problems in pets don’t only impact their teeth and gums. Periodontal disease in pets, in particular, has been linked to issues with their kidneys, liver, and heart. Pet dental problems can also make it difficult for them to eat, and that will lead to a deterioration in their general health over time as well.
Common Pet Dental Problems
Many of the most common pet dental problems we see are the same as or similar to those seen in humans. Periodontal disease, in particular, is especially common, with most dogs and cats showing some level of it by the age of 3. Fortunately, effective treatments exist to combat this type of problem, and we can also capably treat things like broken teeth, abscesses or infections, misaligned bites, broken jaws, and palate defects.
Professional Pet Dental Care from Our Veterinarian
When you make an appointment for a pet dental exam, we’ll begin with a routine blood test to ensure that your pet is healthy and that anesthesia will not pose an undue risk for them. Once your pet has been cleared and the anesthesia has been administered, we’ll perform a routine oral exam, likely accompanied by x-rays so that we can get a full picture of your pet’s oral health.
Anesthesia is necessary even at this early stage in the exam because it enables our vet to get a good, clear look inside your pet’s mouth. It also makes this a much less stressful experience for your pet overall, as most animals become anxious when their mouth is examined so closely.
Following the exam, we’ll complete a thorough cleaning similar to what you receive from your own dentist. We’ll remove tartar and plaque, and we’ll then polish your pet’s teeth. If there are any other issues to address, we’ll take care of them as well. These may include removing a broken, damaged or infected tooth, and we’ll prescribe antibiotics if an infection is discovered.
Contact our Fairbanks, AK Veterinarians for Pet Dental Care
Contact Chena Veterinary Clinic to learn more about the pet dental services or other veterinary services that we provide. To schedule an appointment, call our veterinarians in Fairbanks, AK today at (907) 479-0001.