At Dessau Vet Clinic in Austin, our veterinarians provide comprehensive pet dental care for dogs and cats. We recommend scheduling a pet dentistry appointment on an annual basis as part of your pet's overall wellness routine. You can even choose to schedule the dental visit during your pet's annual wellness checkup for added convenience.
Symptoms Indicating Your Pet Needs Dental Care
While regular veterinary visits are important, certain symptoms in your pet might necessitate a prompt dental appointment. If you observe any of the following signs, it's advisable to schedule a dental checkup as soon as possible:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Bleeding gums or mouth bleeding
- Dropping food while eating
- Difficulty chewing food
- Reduced appetite
- Excessive drooling
Preparation for Dental Care
Before your pet undergoes a dental examination and teeth cleaning, our Austin veterinarian will conduct a comprehensive physical exam, including blood work. This step is essential because we use a mild anesthetic during dental procedures to ensure your pet remains calm. The tests and examination help ensure your pet's health and safety during anesthesia. If there are any concerns about using anesthesia, we will explore alternative options for maintaining your pet's oral health.
The Pet Dental Exam & Treatment
Once your pet's health is confirmed, the dental examination can proceed with the help of a light anesthetic to keep them comfortable. Dogs and cats may not understand the dental procedure, so the anesthetic ensures a smooth experience. We gently remove tartar from your pet's teeth through professional scraping and cleaning. The veterinarian also checks for loose teeth, abscesses, and sores. Polishing follows to create a smooth surface that resists plaque and tartar buildup for several months.
In cases where a cracked, broken, or abscessed tooth is identified, extraction might be necessary. Rest assured, we will discuss all options with you before performing any procedures. For pets unable to receive anesthesia, our team will still make efforts to gently clean and brush their teeth.
Home Pet Dental Care
Incorporating dental care into your routine at home can further enhance your pet's oral health. While brushing your pet's teeth may take some adjustment, the practice becomes easier with time. Our animal clinic can also recommend dental-friendly chew toys and specialized foods that promote healthy teeth and gums. Is it time for your pet's dental appointment? Contact Dessau Vet Clinic in Austin to schedule an appointment and ensure your pet's continued well-being.