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When it comes to your furry best friends, you want nothing but the best for them. That’s why their dental care should be at the top of your list. Along with routine veterinary care, part of ensuring your pet’s optimal health is keeping up with their dental health. At Countryside Animal Hospital, we offer pet dental care to maintain their oral health and support their overall wellness and longevity.

Keep reading to explore our expert dental services for your dogs and cats, and contact us today to arrange an appointment with one of our very skilled veterinarians in Fort Collins.

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Why Does Your Pet Need Dental Care?

Routine dental care, annual checkups, and cleanings are essential for your pet’s optimal health to:

  • Combat bad breath
  • Ensure healthier teeth and gums
  • Prevent and treat periodontal disease
  • Prevent other health problems from developing
  • Catch and address dental diseases early on
  • Identify a dental issue that you may not be aware of
  • Address age-related dental problems
  • Treat mouth infections
  • Identify potential tumors, cysts, and growths

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Expert Pet Dental Services In Fort Collins

Dental health is one aspect of your pet’s health that you may not have spent much time thinking about, but should take seriously. Just like in humans, animal dental health issues can indicate a more serious health problem, or can potentially cause other health issues to develop. It’s important to have your pet’s teeth and gums checked annually in order to intervene early enough to address any concerns, keeping your pet’s mouth as healthy as possible.

What Happens During a Dental Exam?

Your veterinarian will begin by examining your pet’s mouth. X-rays may also be necessary to evaluate your pet’s jaw health. This is because dental disease occurs below the gum line, which also means that dental cleanings will require anesthesia so that the veterinarian can truly clean where it counts. Cleaning your pet’s teeth is similar to what happens when you go to the dentist yourself; the vet will remove plaque and tartar by scaling and will polish them to have them looking like new.

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How Often Should My Pet Get a Dental Exam?

You should bring your pet to our Fort Collins vet clinic at least once a year for a dental checkup for optimal oral health. This ensures that your pet’s mouth stays healthy, and we are able to intervene early with any issues. If you notice any of the following issues, it’s important to have your pet’s mouth checked immediately:

  • Very bad breath
  • Redness and/or swelling
  • Broken teeth
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Extra teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Abnormal chewing or drooling
  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty/reluctance to chewing or eating hard foods
  • Mouth pain
  • Red, bleeding, or receding gums
  • Discoloration of the gums
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Abscesses or wounds

Keep in mind that your pet may be in pain, which can cause them to become irritable. Be careful when evaluating their mouth as, if they are in pain, they may instinctively bite. If you suspect that your dog or cat has a dental problem that is causing them discomfort and are concerned about evaluating this problem yourself, bring them into our veterinary clinic and one of our vet technicians can help determine the cause of their pain.

What Causes Dental Problems for Pets?

Though cavities are not as common among pets as they are in people, they still have many of the same dental problems as humans:

  • Broken teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Infected teeth
  • Mouth cysts and tumors
  • Palate defects
  • Broken jaw

The most common dental problem for dogs and cats is periodontal disease, which causes infection and inflammation. Humans prevent periodontal disease by brushing and flossing every day, but most pet owners do not brush their pet’s teeth very often (if at all). By the time your pet is three years old, there is a good chance that there will be early signs of periodontal disease, which worsens over time without proper intervention.

Severe periodontal disease can cause your pet serious pain and dental issues, so it is important to intervene as early as possible once your vet has noticed the signs. This disease is so pervasive, it doesn’t just impact dental health — but it can also cause heart issues. Liver and kidney disease in pets have also been associated with periodontal disease.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease In Pets?

  • Red or bleeding gums
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Loose teeth
  • Bloody saliva
  • Lumps in the mouth
  • Chewing on one side of the mouth
  • Trouble picking up food
  • Noises while eating or yawning

It’s important to note that these are symptoms of more advanced stages of periodontal disease. In many cases, there will be no obvious symptoms to you. Therefore, it is important to get your pet to our Fort Collins vet clinic as soon as possible for a dental care exam to ensure that they have optimal health. Contact Countryside Animal Hospital for an appointment!

How to Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth Every Day

Healthy teeth and gums start at home! That’s why it’s important for pet parents to practice routine dental care with their dogs and cats daily.

Here are a few handy tips to guide you in your at-home dental care routine:

  • Brush their teeth every day, or at least once a week at a minimum.
  • Give them dental treats that have the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of dental disease (see list above).
  • Give them pet-friendly veggies and fruits like carrots, celery, and apple slices to naturally clean their teeth.
  • Schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian.
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Contact Your Trusted Fort Collins Animal Hospital

Make your pet’s dental care a priority, and bring your dog or cat in for a yearly dental exam and cleaning. If you need more specialized care to address a dental issue, the Countryside Animal Hospital team is here for you and your pet. We treat our patients like family and will strive to make their experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Contact us today to arrange an appointment for your pet!

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