Pet Dental Care For Dogs And Cats In AlbuquerqueDog Dental Care
Valley Vetco in Albuquerque understands how important it is to stay on top of your pet’s dental care. Our helpful, qualified staff can assist in the diagnosis, education, and treatment, of your pets current oral health.
A “prophy” or prophylaxis, is a cleaning and polishing of a pets teeth. It is important to realize that dental disease does not reach a particular level and remain there. As dental disease progresses, the treatment becomes more involved, meaning longer and more elaborate (and more costly) dental procedures. This means that sooner is better than later when it comes to addressing your pet’s dental disease with an appropriate treatment.
Regular professional pet dental care and cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Dental cleanings polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. We also apply a barrier sealant that significantly reduces plaque and tartar formation.
Diagnosis And Treatment Notes:
Treatment depends on the severity of the disease, your individual pet, and your veterinarian. Pets undergoing dental prophylaxis may be treated with antibiotics prior to teeth cleaning. Sometimes, deciduous (baby) teeth may need to be extracted during the procedure; if they failed to fall out as a puppy/kitten.
What To Watch For:
- Bad breath
- Difficulty chewing food
- Painful when chewing food or mouth is handled
- Excessive drooling
- Discuss treatment details when your pet is diagnosed with this condition.*
*We do not extract permanent teeth, and we do not do dental cleanings on pets over 6 years of age.
What Are Deciduous Teeth?
Does your dog have a little shark mouth?
Those extra teeth are deciduous teeth. Deciduous teeth are baby teeth that were supposed to have fallen out by the time your dog was approximately 7 months of age.
Although your pet’s extra teeth may look cute, dental problems such as, overcrowding and plaque buildup are results of retained baby teeth.
Deciduous teeth are usually extracted at the time of spaying/neutering. If your pet has already been spayed/neutered, and still has deciduous teeth, talk to your vet about having them extracted to avoid future dental problems.