Oral health and overall health go hand in hand in helping your pet live a happy and healthy life. Through preventative dental care, your pet can avoid dental problems that can affect your pet’s health. At NEK Veterinary Services, we have provided residents of Hiawatha, KS with reliable pet dental care services for many years.
Importance of Dental Care
Like people, pets need help to maintain good oral health. An annual dental exam and teeth cleaning can keep dental issues like infections and gum disease at bay to prevent tooth loss. With healthy teeth, your pet can continue to eat nutritious meals that benefit its growth and development. Good oral health begins with preventative dental care from your Hiawatha veterinarian.
In contrast, neglecting your pet’s oral care can result in poor gum health, damaged teeth, and tooth loss from periodontal disease. If the periodontal disease spreads to your pet’s bloodstream, it can cause extensive damage to its internal organs. These and other health risks can be prevented through preventative pet care treatments.
Symptoms of Dental Problems in Your Pet
What signs should you watch out for to indicate your pet may have dental issues?
- Chronic Bad breath
- Swollen, bleeding gums
- Tooth discoloration
- Facial swelling
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Loss of appetite resulting in drastic weight loss
These symptoms should be reported to your vet for treatment.
Our animal hospital offers annual dental screenings and teeth cleaning services for dogs and cats to improve their oral health. We also provide dental treatments for tooth infections, broken teeth, gum disease, and tooth extraction, when needed. During a dental exam, we’ll inspect your pet’s teeth and gums for signs of dental disease and take x-rays to check bone health beneath the gum line where periodontal disease breeds. Teeth cleaning involves scaling your pet’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar, and polishing them to prevent bacteria buildup. These services are done while your pet is under anesthesia so we can do a thorough job without causing your pet pain and anxiety.
We recommend combining professional pet care with home care to maximize your pet’s oral health, reduce dental problems, and eliminate the need for tooth extraction. Brushing your pet’s teeth at home and giving your pet dental chews and treats can help reduce plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth and promote better dental hygiene.
Bring Your Pet to Our Animal Hospital for Quality Dental Care!
To schedule dental services for your dog or cat, contact your Hiawatha veterinarian from NEK Veterinary Services at (785) 742-2147. We look forward to meeting your pet care needs.