Pet Dental Care FAQs

When it comes to pet healthcare, many pet owners overlook the importance of dental care. Oral health care is an essential part of your pet’s overall health management. These FAQs from Hardin Animal Hospital in Stockton explain more about the importance of pet dental care.  


Why does my pet need dental care?

Pets, like people, are prone to developing dental issues like swollen gums, broken or discolored teeth, abscesses, and periodontal disease that can affect their overall health. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. It also puts your pet at risk of damage to his liver, kidneys, and other vital organs.

Regular dental checkups can uncover dental issues in their early stages when they’re easier to treat. Your pet may even be able to avoid dental problems altogether through routine dental care. 

How can I tell if my pet has dental problems?

Here are a few telltale signs that your pet needs dental care:  

  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Discolored, loose, or broken teeth
  • Loss of appetite or difficulty chewing hard foods
  • Excessive drooling

If you notice any of these signs or suspect something is wrong with your pet’s teeth, contact our Stockton veterinarian for a checkup. Good oral health is essential to your pet’s overall health.

How common is periodontal disease in dogs and cats?

Periodontal disease is extremely common in dogs and cats with many pets suffering from this condition by the age of three years. Periodontal disease weakens the structure of your pet’s teeth which can eventually result in permanent tooth loss. If the disease spreads to your pet’s bloodstream, it can damage many of his internal organs. Through routine dental cleanings, our veterinarian can prevent the spread of periodontal disease in your pet.

Why do vets use anesthesia for pet dental care?

Sedating your cat or dog keeps him still so we can perform a thorough checkup and cleaning, especially under the gum line where periodontal disease is more likely to start. It also protects your pet from discomfort and pain. We’ll monitor your pet carefully while he’s under anesthesia to ensure he’s okay while we inspect, take x-rays of, clean, and polish his teeth.

How often should I schedule dental cleanings for my pet?

That depends on your pet’s current oral health. If your pet has dental issues, we recommend annual cleanings. By scheduling annual checkups, we can monitor your pet’s oral health and personalize his cleaning schedule to suit his individual dental care needs.  

See Our Stockton Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care

To schedule a dental exam for your cat or dog, contact Hardin Animal Hospital at (209) 464-4521 today. We’re here to meet all your pet care needs.

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