Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in Chicago
Good oral health care contributes to your pet’s overall health. That’s why it’s important to establish an oral care routine to keep your pet’s teeth clean through every stage of their life. Bad breath is not a normal characteristic for any pet and could signify gingivitis or gum disease. These conditions may not only cause deterioration of the gums, teeth and bone, but could also affect the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs. Many pets develop some form of gum disease by age three, but this can be prevented with regular brushing along with annual comprehensive dental assessments and teeth cleaning treatments for cats and dogs.
Managing Your Pet's Dental Health
If you need help brushing your pet’s teeth, our veterinary team is here to offer our services if more advanced teeth cleaning is necessary. Our state-of-the-art dental tools and equipment allow us to perform procedures with the highest level of care and precision.
Oral Health Care Services
We recommend regular dental assessments and teeth cleaning treatments as a safeguard against plaque buildup and potential infections. Our veterinarians and technicians only perform cat and dog teeth cleaning procedures on pets that are under anesthesia; this allows them to safely treat issues below the gum line and perform tooth extractions if necessary. Routine and professional oral care together can help cats and dogs avoid serious health problems.
Our oral health services include:
- Routine oral exams
- Comprehensive dental assessment and treatment with cleaning
- Digital dental radiographs
- Pain management
- Surgical extractions
- Mass removals
- Oral health counseling
Knowing When Your Dog or Cat Needs Teeth Cleaning
Pets are masters at concealing their discomfort. That’s why it’s up to you to watch for any signs of an oral health problem. Any of the following symptoms could indicate that your pet has an issue requiring immediate attention:
- Bad breath
- Loose or broken teeth
- Yellow/brown teeth
- Red, swollen, bleeding gums
- Drooling excessively
- Decreased appetite
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty chewing/eating
Dog and Cat Teeth Cleaning at Home
We know how difficult it can be to manage your pet’s oral care at home, especially when it comes to teeth cleaning. However, if you start your pet on brushing early in their life, they can become more cooperative over time. Ideally, you should brush your pet’s teeth at least five days a week. Regular brushing prevents plaque and tartar from building up on the teeth, with the added benefit of giving you and your pet some bonding time. We would be happy to provide a demonstration the next time your bring your pet in to see us!
To learn about additional at-home dog and cat teeth cleaning options, reach out to our team.