Dental Pet Care at NEK Veterinary Services
Dental problems and oral diseases can affect your pet’s ability to eat, lead to serious complications, and possibly even threaten your pet's life. That's why our four-veterinarian team at NEK Veterinary Services offers a full range of dental pet care services. Our Hiawatha animal hospital can help your pet maintain optimal oral health and comfort for many happy years to come.
Dental Health Is Critical for Your Faithful Companion
Dogs and cats put their teeth through a fair amount of abuse, using their mouths to carry objects around or grind away at hard chew toys or bones. This can cause cracks or breaks in the teeth that may allow bacteria to enter the tooth and rot it from the inside out. As a tooth decays, severe dental pain may make chewing all but impossible. Your pet may not eat as he should or absorb the nutrients he needs. At the same time, the bacteria in the tooth can move through your pet’s bloodstream to his major organs, threatening serious systemic damage.
Even when your pet's teeth remain intact, bacteria is lurking on the gum surfaces, feeding on accumulated tartar. The bacteria's presence leads to a form of chronic gum inflammation called periodontal disease. This condition can cause the teeth to become loose and fall out. The majority of animals will eventually develop some degree of periodontal disease, but perhaps the most alarming threat to your pet's oral health is cancer. Oral cancer can hide from view as it grows and potentially metastasizes, leading to deformity and possible death.
Preventative Exam Services, Teeth Cleaning, Tooth Extraction and More
Fortunately, your pet can be spared from many serious dental issues though regular preventative pet care that includes dental checkups. We can advise you on how frequently to schedule a preventative dental exam for your four-legged friend. Annual exams are the norm for most pets. Any veterinarian at our animal hospital can examine your pet's teeth, gums, and oral cavity, recommending treatment as needed to combat periodontal disease, tame an infection, or remove cancerous tissue. Tooth extraction may be necessary if a tooth is beyond repair or threatens the health of other teeth. Tooth cleaning services provided by a veterinarian gets rid tartar, discouraging bacterial growth.
Our Hiawatha Animal Hospital Can Help Your Pet Thrive
Make sure that your pet enjoys the dental health he needs for a happy life. Call our Hiawatha animal hospital at (785) 742-2147 to schedule any of our dental pet care services!