McCormick Animal Clinic of Nashville, TN practices a comprehensive approach to animal health care including dental for dogs and cats. Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall wellbeing. Oral disease, when left untreated, can lead to many problems for your pet. Periodontal disease, an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth along the gum line, can cause the deterioration of gum tissue and the roots of the teeth, resulting in swollen and bleeding gums, loose and painful teeth, and eventually tooth loss. It appears in most pets to some degree by age three. The infection can also damage other organs including the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Early detection of oral disease is key to effective treatment. It’s important to have your vet perform an annual or bi-annual dental examination and cleaning.
Veterinary Dental for Dogs and Cats
McCormick Animal Clinic is fully equipped with a modern surgical suite and laboratory to provide your pet with the best possible dental care. Your veterinarian will perform a complete examination to create a comprehensive oral health and treatment (COHAT) plan for your pet. This will usually take a whole day at the clinic. First, some routine lab tests will be done to assess your pet’s general health and then a general anesthetic will be administered. Dental X-rays will be taken and your pet’s teeth will be charted prior to a complete cleaning and polishing. Extractions may be performed if necessary. Afterward, your pet will recover for a couple of hours and then you can take them home. Your vet will advise you of any necessary medications or special feeding instructions.
Pet Dental Care At Home
There’s a lot you can do at home to keep your pet’s teeth and gums clean and healthy. Examine your pet’s teeth once a week for signs of oral problems including loose, broken, or missing teeth, swollen and/or bleeding gums, excessive plaque buildup, and excessively bad breath. Refusal to eat or unusual chewing can indicate oral pain. With a little patience, you can train your pet to allow you to brush their teeth just as you do your own. Ask your vet about special treats and chews, mouth rinses, and special diets that can promote good dental health.
McCormick Animal Clinic of Nashville, TN is ready to provide your pet with all their health care needs, including pet dental care. To schedule an appointment for a checkup give us a call at 615-883-8280 or contact us online anytime.
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