Dental care is a very important aspect of your pet's overall health. Dental problems may be caused by other health problems, or they can cause other potentially serious health issues for your pet. At NEK Veterinary Services in Hiawatha, we treat your pet just like family as you do and we offer a full line of veterinarian dental care.
What is Veterinarian Dental Care?
With every annual pet care exam, we also look at your pet's teeth, gums and mouth as a whole for preventative care. Our board-certified veterinarians perform this as a preventative service for your pets. We can provide any dental services you need including cleaning, filing, adjusting, extraction or repair of your pet's teeth. We can also take x-rays or perform tooth extraction if they are needed in our state-of-the-art animal hospital to help determine teeth abnormalities.
What are the Signs of my Pet Needing Emergency Dental Care?
Some pets can have dental issues that happen pretty quickly between their annual exams from an animal hospital Some signs that your pet needs to see a vet for their teeth are bad breath, retained baby teeth or extra teeth and having trouble eating by dropping food from their mouth or excessive drooling and abnormal chewing. Some pets will refuse to eat if they have teeth problems and they may be in pain near their mouth. Bleeding and swelling near the mouth are also a sign that your pet needs to have a vet visit.
What is Periodontal Disease?
It's important to have a yearly exam for your pet that includes a dental exam. Most all pets by the age of 3 years old will have some degree of periodontal disease, which will only worsen with age. The early treatment is critical so your pet doesn't have to endure the pain and other severe problems that bad oral health can bring with it. Periodontal disease starts with plaque on the teeth that in turn hardens into tartar. When tartar is along the gum line, it can be seen and removed, however, if it appears below the gum line it will damage the gums and can even damage the jawbone and connecting tissues as periodontal disease.
Choose a Compassionate Veterinary Hospital
At NEK Veterinary Services in Hiawatha, we are compassionate about the dental health for all of your needs. If your pet is already developing periodontal disease, he or she will need an examination, teeth cleaning and possibly x-rays to determine the extent of damage. We can then offer you options to consider after the examination. Whether you suspect your pet needs dental care, teeth cleaning, a tooth extraction or for any other pet care related condition, you can contact us for an expedient and efficient appointment with our expert vets.