Improving Oral Health with Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in Adrian, MI
Dogs and cats need healthy mouths in order to have healthy bodies. Oral hygiene in pets is often overlooked, due in part to our busy, hectic lives and the difficulty of brushing our pet’s teeth every day. At Kelly Veterinary Clinic in Adrian, we’re committed to helping people overcome these challenges and become more involved in their pet’s daily care. Leaving their oral hygiene to chance leaves dogs and cats at risk for tooth decay, tooth loss, and diseases of the heart, liver, and kidneys. Fortunately, these problems can be prevented with the right cat/dog teeth cleaning program.
Bad breath is a sure sign of poor oral health. Schedule an oral exam for your pet!
Our Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning Services for Preventing Dental Disease
Kelly Veterinary Clinic offers a complete array of dental care services for dogs and cats to prevent, and treat, dental disease:
To determine whether your pet is due for a teeth cleaning, we need to check for bad breath, reddened gums, and plaque and tartar buildup. We also conduct a tooth-by-tooth exam while your pet is under general anesthesia for their teeth cleaning procedure.
Digital dental X-rays might need to be taken to gauge the extent of damage to the teeth and gums and check for tooth and bone loss. Since most dental pathology is hidden below the gum line, dental X-rays are the only way for us to see the bigger picture regarding your pet’s oral health.
To clean your pet’s teeth properly, we use an ultrasonic scaler to remove hardened calculus above and below the gum line, then polish the tooth enamel to reduce and delay plaque and tartar formation. We also flush out the gums with antiseptic rinse to ensure a complete cleaning.
For teeth that are damaged beyond repair, we recommend extractions to relieve your pet’s pain and prevent the spread of infection in their mouth. Dogs and cats often recover very well from having teeth extracted and can even return to eating solid foods once their gums have healed.
What We Recommend for Cleaning Your Pet’s Teeth at Home
The bulk of your pet’s dental care should take place at home. We highly recommend brushing their teeth daily if possible to slow the buildup of plaque and reduce the number (and frequency) of teeth cleanings at our clinic.
In addition to brushing, you can also try:
- A special dental diet for tartar control
- Dental chews (for dogs only)
- Dental treats
- Water additives
- Oral care wipes
Is your pet uncooperative when you try to brush their teeth? Try applying pet toothpaste to a square of gauze, wrapping the gauze around your finger, and gently rubbing it in a circular motion along their gum line. This might be easier for your pet to handle.