We provide veterinary dental care for pets in the Bay Area. Most companion animals, no matter how well they are cared for, will start to show some signs of periodontal disease by age 3. We make dental care a priority at El Cerrito Veterinary Care, so that this important health aspect of your pet is not overlooked.
Importance of Veterinary Dental Care
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, impacts most pets when bacteria from plaque starts to form along the gumline. If plaque remains untreated, it calcifies into tartar which can cause damage to the gums, supporting bone structure and teeth. It can be painful for pets and can lead to tooth loss or even internal organ damage.
Regular veterinary dental care, as well as at-home dental care, helps to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. Dental care is just as important for pets as it is for their owners!
Benefits of Good Oral Health in Your Pets
When pets have healthy teeth and gums, they tend to have good health in the rest of their body as well. A toothache can lead to loss of appetite and bad breath. If bacteria from an oral infection gets into the bloodstream, it can harm a pet’s internal organs, such the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.
Many people don’t realize it, but it’s extremely hazardous for a cat to stop eating due to a toothache. Cats’ bodies go into starvation mode in just three days without food, which can quickly lead to organ shutdown. Healthy teeth and gums allow your pet to maintain their appetite, which leads to a host of additional health benefits!
At-Home Pet Dental Care
If your pet has early signs of dental disease, El Cerrito Veterinary Care can recommend a number of at-home methods to help care for your pet’s teeth and gums. You can start by brushing your pet’s teeth once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We can also recommend dental treats and rinses, as well as specialty diets for your pet based on her age, species and breed.
Veterinary Pet Dental Care
We do a thorough dental exam on all pets when they come in for their yearly or twice-yearly checkups. If signs of dental disease, a cracked tooth or any other oral health issue are identified, we will recommend a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment plan, known as a COHAT for short.
We will schedule a day for your pet’s veterinary dental care, which may include the following tests and procedures:
- Lab work prior to procedures
- IV catheterization
- Tooth X-rays
- Professional dental cleaning/polishing
- Dental charting
- Tooth extraction or oral surgery if necessary
Our office staff will also provide you with all the information and special instructions you’ll need to care for your pet after their veterinary dental care session.