Proactive Pet Dentistry in Wisconsin Rapids
Did you know that more than 70 percent of dogs and cats will be suffering from gum disease (periodontitis) by the time they’re 2 years old? Did you know that gum disease is entirely preventable? If you wouldn’t go several months without brushing your teeth, then your pet shouldn’t go their whole life without receiving proper dental care. Our pets need routine dental exams and cleanings just like we do, because they can develop gum disease if the plaque build-up on their teeth is left unchecked. A strong sign that your pet is on the path to gum disease is gingivitis, an early stage of the disease that causes swelling of the gums.
Our Pet Dentistry Services
At Woodland Veterinary Clinic, dental health is a topic we emphasize to our clients constantly. So many pets suffer needlessly, because we seem to think that our pets’ bad breath is normal. Fortunately, this suffering can easily be prevented with routine oral exams and teeth cleanings, both of which we provide here at our clinic in Wisconsin Rapids. Below is a list of just some of the dental services we offer:
- Oral exam/evaluation/dental report card
- Pre-anesthetic blood screening
- Digital dental X-rays (required prior to cleaning)
- Dental scaling (cleaning)
- Teeth polishing
- Extractions (as needed)
- At-home brushing instructions (plus toothbrush & dental treats)
Signs Your Pet May Have Gum Disease
Bad breath alone is not a guarantee that your pet is suffering from gingivitis or gum disease. However, there are plenty of other signs you can look out for, including:
- Red, swollen gums
- Difficulty eating and/or chewing
- Excessive drooling
- Bleeding gums
- Pawing at mouth
- Chipped, loose, or broken teeth
- Decreased appetite
Your Pet’s Dental Health Starts With You
If you wouldn’t enjoy having swollen gums and loose teeth, don’t assume that your pet would, either. Be mindful of their oral hygiene and get in the habit of brushing their teeth at home to keep their mouths clean and healthy. If you’re having trouble brushing your pet’s teeth every day, be sure to schedule periodic oral exams with their veterinarian.
Has it been awhile since your pet’s last oral exam? No worries! Give us a call at any time during our office hours at 715-421-4200 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you and your pet very soon.