Dental Services from Your Clinton Hill Veterinarian
Your pet's teeth are just as important to him as yours are to you -- perhaps even more so, since animals use their teeth to manipulate objects in addition to chewing their food (a critical stage in digestion). Damage or disease affecting your beloved companion's teeth or mouth can severely limit his quality of life or in some cases even threaten that life. But you can ensure a healthier, happier life for every pet in your home by taking advantage of the dental services offered by your Clinton Hill veterinarian (Dr. Dendtler or Dr. Gooden) at Clinton Hill Animal Clinic.
The Importance of Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant Pet Dental Care
Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant pet dental care can spare your dog or cat a lot of problems. The most dental affliction among pets in periodontal disease, a destructive inflammation of the gum and jawbone tissues that hold the teeth in place. Bacteria attracted to the gums by tartar buildup trigger this inflammatory problem, which occurs in the majority of pets aged 3 years and older. Oral cancer is another threat. This fast-moving, often deadly disease can be hard for owners to notice until it is highly advanced.
Not all dental problems are gradual or subtle. Breaks, chips or other obvious damage to a tooth can cause severe pain, making chewing difficult or impossible, and create an easy entry for dangerous, destructive bacteria. Acute tooth infection can result if this problem goes untreated. Acute oral inflammation or ulceration (stomatitis) is another painful problem that can actually cause cats and certain dog breeds to starve to death because they cannot eat. While stomatitis may be a complication of periodontal disease, it can also be associated with FIV, feline leukemia and other underlying conditions.
Pet Teeth Cleaning, Evaluations and Home Care
Regular pet teeth cleaning and evaluation can help us protect your friend's oral health. Your Clinton Hill veterinarian can check your puppy or kitten's teeth starting around 8 weeks to make sure they're growing in correctly. Annual checkups allow us to examine your adult pet's teeth, gums and oral cavity, catching and treating any disease or damage. Cat or dog teeth cleaning under anesthesia is typically performed alongside the evaluation. Our professional techniques can scrape away even tough tartar buildup to deter bacteria.
Your Clinton Hill veterinarian can even educate you on how to support your pet's dental welfare at home. We'll teach you how to inspect your pet's mouth, brush his teeth and give him foods and chew toys to help keep teeth clean and healthy. These practices can make future exams and cleanings go that much more smoothly.
Your Source for Pet Dental in Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Surrounding Areas
We're proud to be your source for pet dental in Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant and the surrounding areas. Call 718-623-3999 or contact us today to schedule cat or dog teeth cleaning and exams at Clinton Hill Animal Clinic!