Pet Dentistry Services at Sherbrook Animal Hospital
Our veterinarian in Winnipeg is pleased to offer a complete array of pet dentistry services at Sherbrook Animal Hospital. Without proper dental care, pets develop painful conditions just like humans. In fact, statistics indicate that after the age of three, eight out of ten pets have signs of periodontal disease.
Dental Exams and Teeth Cleaning for Pets
Pets need to see the veterinarian for a dental exam and teeth cleaning at least once annually. Dental exams help pets maintain healthy teeth and gums. During the dental exam, your pet's veterinarian will check the teeth for signs of plaque buildup, tartar, stains on the teeth and gums and other issues. When the exam is done, your pet will have his or her teeth cleaned.
For your pet's comfort and safety, dental work is done under anesthesia. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we’ll take blood work and process the results quickly in our in-house lab. With the blood work complete, we'll put your pet on monitored anesthesia along with IV fluids. Then we'll begin taking x-rays to assess any issues such as broken teeth, gum disease, and cavities. For this process, we'll use digital dental x-rays, which give us immediate and highly accurate results.
Next, during the dental cleaning, our veterinarian in Winnipeg will perform a thorough cleaning of the gum line to help prevent gum disease or minimize its current impact. The vet will then scale away any plaque or tartar on your pet’s visible teeth and then polish the teeth to smooth them out and restore their shiny smile. If any additional conditions such as broken or dead teeth or cavities are detected, your vet will take care of them at this time in our fully equipped dental unit.
Signs of Periodontal Disease in Pets
Even if your pet does not allow you to get a good look inside their mouth, there are a few observable indicators of periodontal disease including:
- Signs of blood, pus or swelling in or around the mouth.
- Bad breath beyond the norm.
- Weight loss.
- Eating complications such as dropping food on the floor.
- Showing preferences for soft foods.
- A tendency to only chew on one side of their mouth.
Annual teeth cleanings are advised by our veterinarian in Winnipeg for most pets to ensure their oral health and prevent such issues.
Broken teeth and infected teeth can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Once oral bacteria enter the bloodstream, it can cause heart, kidney and liver complications that can be permanent.
Tooth extraction can prevent the spread of infection through the mouth and can improve your pet's quality of life. If your pet requires any dental services, we are the premier choice in Winnipeg.
Full-Service Pet Dentistry at Sherwood Animal Hospital
Give us a call at 204-774-3544 today to learn more about our comprehensive pet dental services, and don’t forget to ask about our new patient special! We look forward to meeting with you!