Sedation Dentistry for Pets
Dental issues may be side effects of illnesses and can contribute to poor health in your pet. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that your pet's veterinarian check your pet's teeth once a year to look for any problems that already exist and identify issues that may develop. MVS Pet Care makes house calls in Tampa, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco. An important component of our house call service includes sedation dentistry to ensure that your furry friend keeps smiling for years to come.
What to Expect with Sedation Dentistry
Aside from examinations, pet dental care can include cleaning, filling, and removing teeth, just like with people. Both an exam and a cleaning are performed under anesthesia, which allows our veterinarian to access your pet's mouth easily and without causing discomfort. Pet dental cleanings include scaling to remove tartar and buildup and polishing, much like human dental cleaning. While anesthesia is safer than ever, it may not be appropriate for elderly or sick pets.
X-rays, which allow our doctor to better see the health of your pet's teeth beneath the gum line, could be a part of the process. Some animals may require dental adjustments or repairs for their mouth and teeth to remain healthy and pain-free.
Pet Dental Conditions
Pets can suffer from a variety of dental conditions, including:
- Broken teeth
- Periodontal disease
- Infected teeth and abscesses
- Mouth cysts or tumors
- Misaligned teeth
- Jaw fractures
- Palate issues such as a cleft palate
Some of these conditions may exist from birth, others can develop over time, and some may result from an injury. For example, periodontal disease is a common condition in cats and dogs over three years of age, which involves tartar developing beneath the gum line, and it worsens with age. Cleaning can minimize the likelihood of your pet developing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause your pet discomfort as it becomes worse, and it can also impact organs such as the kidney, heart, and liver. Left unchecked, this disease can lead to jaw damage and infections.
Schedule an appointment with our veterinarian more often than once a year if your pet has bad breath, teeth that are broken or loose, or discolored teeth. Some pets have extra teeth or keep their baby teeth, which can be a problem. Refusing to eat, difficulty eating, drooling, dropping food, pain, bleeding, or swelling are all symptoms that require immediate veterinary attention, even if your pet just had a dental examination or cleaning. Not only can these issues make it difficult for your pet to eat and receive the nutrition that it needs, but they can also lead to irritability.
Mobile Veterinary Services in Florida
If you're concerned about your pet's dental health and you live in the Tampa, Hillsborough, Pinellas, or Pasco area, contact MVS Pet Care at (833) 352-8387. Our veterinary concierge service is equipped for your pet’s dental needs.