Pet Dentistry in East Sonora
A pet’s dental health is one of the most important components of its overall health, but it’s also one of the most neglected. In fact, dental disease is found in more than half of all dogs and cats by the time they’re three years old. Periodontal disease—better known as gum disease—can cause a number of health problems for pets if left untreated, including heart, liver, and kidney disease.
Live Oak Veterinary Hospital takes a proactive approach to pet dental care with our patients. That’s why we recommend that your pet have a comprehensive wellness exam at least once a year so we can examine his teeth and gums. If any abnormalities are found, we can schedule an appointment for a more advanced dental exam and cleaning.
About Our East Sonora Pet Dental Services
Our office is equipped with advanced tools and technology to both prevent and treat oral problems in dogs and cats. We offer all of our dental services on-site, including:
- Cleaning (scaling)
- Extractions as indicated
We perform all pet dental care procedures under general anesthesia for your companion’s safety. In most cases, we recommend pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to be anesthetized. We also monitor every patient’s vital signs throughout the entire dental procedure.
At-Home Dental Care
You can lower or even eliminate your pet’s risk of developing gum disease by providing routine, at-home dental care, in addition to scheduling routine dental cleanings by a veterinarian. Establishing an at-home dental regimen can keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy in between visits to our hospital. If possible, brush your pet’s teeth daily using brushes and toothpastes that are approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). There are also a number of VOHC Accepted® foods, including chews and treats, that are designed to prevent tartar and/or plaque buildup. We are excited to offer OraVet dental chews to help keep your dog’s teeth clean.