Routine dental care is essential for keeping your pet's mouth healthy and protecting your cat or dog's overall health. Sadly, most pets don't get the oral hygiene care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
At our Clarksville veterinary hospital, we provide complete dental care for your pet, from basics such as dental exams, teeth cleanings and polishing, to dental x-rays and surgeries.
We take pride in providing dental health education to pet owners so that they can care for their animal's oral health between appointments.
Finding out that your pet needs dental surgery can be overwhelming. Rest assured that we do all we can to make this process as stress-free as possible, for both you and for your pet.
We strive to make every surgery as comfortable and easy as possible for each of our beloved patients. We'll take the time to explain each step of the process to you in detail before the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care requirements.
Overwatch Animal Hospital offers jaw fracture repair surgeries, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.
Much like your annual checkup at the dentist, your dog or cat should come in for a 'pet dentist appointment' at least once a year. Animals who are more prone to dental problems than others may need to see us for dental care more often.
Our Clarksville vets can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
A thorough pre-anesthetic physical assessment will be completed for your pet before the dental exam.
We will take blood and urine analyses to ensure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Next, the teeth are cleaned and polished (including under the gum line) and x-rays are taken. We then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth.
The final step is to apply a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
Ideally, a follow-up examination will be scheduled two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health.
If this is your pet's first cat, dog, or other animal dentist appointment with us, you are bound to have questions. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from our clients about pet dental care.
Our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a consequence of poor oral health.
Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
This can lead to infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. This is why regular dental care is important to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
Behavior can be a good indication of oral health problems. If your pet is experiencing dental issues, they may drool excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or you may notice them pawing at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.
Other signs of oral health problems in pets include bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration.
In some cases, pets can suffer from dental pain that keeps them from eating.
Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
Bringing your pet in to Overwatch Animal Hospital for a dental appointment is much like bringing your animal to the dog dentist or cat dentist.
Your vet will examine your cat or dog's mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.
Tartar and other debris will be cleaned from your cat's or dog's teeth, and from under the gumline. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take.
In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to treat your pet's oral health problem. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us.
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Cats and dogs simply cannot understand what is going on during dental procedures, which often causes them to react by struggling or biting.
Similar to the anesthesia provided to nervous or anxious patients by dentists, our Clarksville vets provide anesthesia to all of our four-legged patients before performing dental procedures. Anesthesia is used to reduce stress on the animals and allows us to x-ray their mouth, and provide treatments as needed.
Overwatch Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Clarksville companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.