Professonal Pet Dental Care
Home Veterinary Care of Fort Lauderdale
Mobile Dental Care
Regular dental care for both cats and dogs has been shown to extend their life by two to five years. That is because, like humans, dog and cat teeth and gums are susceptible to oral diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. In fact, dental problems are some of the most common problems vets encounter in pets; and the American Veterinary Dental Society reports that an astounding seventy percent of cats and an even higher eighty percent of dogs show signs of oral disease by age three.
Regularly scheduled complete dental scaling and polishing can help reduce the risk of oral disease for your pet. Bad breath, drooling, reluctance to eat hard foods, and red, inflamed, or bleeding gums can are be signs of dental problems and can be treated and even totally avoided with dental care.
Dental scaling and teeth polishing is done under anesthesia with close monitoring. Fluoride is administered to your pet's teeth at the end. Your pet will usually be awake within 30 minutes after the procedure. One of the benefits of a mobile veterinary clinic is that after the procedure, your pet can wake-up comfortably in the quiet and safety of your home.
Considering the importance of dental care in pets, it’s surprising just how many owners ignore this part of owning a dog or cat. In the wild, many animals get the dental care they need from their prey. Essentially, their food becomes the source of teeth cleaning and dental floss. When domesticated, we remove this way of keeping teeth clean by feeding pets dried and canned foods. As owners, it’s our responsibility to replace the dental care of domesticated pets and ensure they have a healthy smile for many years to come.
Dr. Vincent Guerrero With Patient
Potential Problems for Dogs and Cats
Unfortunately, cat dental disease and dog dental disease are far too common. By the time we recognize a problem, it’s normally too late and our pets have to go through all sorts of suffering that could have been prevented.
Although statistics differ depending on the source, the American Veterinary Dental Society says that oral disease occurs in 70% of cats and 80% of dogs. As you can see, this isn’t just something that happens to a small number of pets. When we fail as owners to look after the dental health of our pets, they’re actually incredibly LIKELY to pick up a problem.
How do problems occur? Just like in humans, problems start when bacteria build in the mouth, and this forms plaque. As humans, we brush our teeth, floss, and visit the dentist. With no professional home pet dental care, your cats and dogs have no response to this growing plaque. Over time, it gets worse and worse because this plaque turns into tartar. As the gums are separated from the teeth somewhat, this opens up small pockets where even more bacteria grow.
In serious cases, this leads to periodontal disease where bacteria get into the bloodstream. For both cat dental disease and dog dental disease, this has the potential to affect the lungs, heart, kidneys, and other vital organs.
Vet Showing Dog Teeth With Plaque and Tartar
Dental Disease Symptoms - Periodontal Disease
As good pet owners, we highly recommend allowing Dr. Vincent Guerrero D.V.M. as a mobile veterinarian to visit your feline friends and canine chums at their home which keeps them and you away from crowded waiting rooms. With regular care, the oral hygiene of your pets is a top priority, and you keep them happy in the years ahead.
Often, people ask what periodontal disease is and what it means. Let’s break the word down:
- ‘Perio’ - around
- ‘Dontal’ - relating to the teeth
With this in mind, periodontal disease suggests any disease occurring around the teeth. Periodontal disease occurs when, as we said before, plaque and tartar cause pockets between the teeth and the gums. When left untreated, this then moves to the vital organs and can leave a pet very unwell. How do you know if your pet has periodontal disease?
Well, the first and perhaps most noticeable symptom is bad breath. In fact, this is the symptom that has owners all over the country researching potential problems (it may be the reason you’re reading this guide!). Even for those who are close to their pets, this is normally the first noticeable symptom because many of the others go under the radar. This includes:
- Retained baby teeth
- Pain around the mouth
- Loose teeth (or broken teeth)
- Excessive drooling or chewing
- Dropping food from the mouth while eating
- Bleeding in and around the mouth
- Discolored teeth (normally due to tartar)
- Swelling around the mouth
After this, some owners notice that their cats or dogs no longer want to eat. If your pet has always had a small appetite, this is harder to spot. On the other hand, it’s a shock to see a pet who previously scoffed food at every opportunity not want any food. This could be a sign of cat dental disease or dog dental disease, and Dr. Vincent Guerrero D.V.M. can help to treat the problem as a mobile veterinarian.
Cat With Diseased Teeth
What Causes Dental Problems in Pets?
We’ve spoken in detail about periodontal disease, but this isn’t the only problem that pets experience in and around the mouth. Sadly, other common problems include:
- Infected teeth
- Abscesses, tumors, and cysts
- Teeth misalignment
- Broken roots or teeth
- Damage to the jaw (a break or fracture)
- Cleft palate and other defects
By the age of three years, experts believe 85 in every 100 cats or dogs experience periodontal disease, and this is why it’s a major focus for professional
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Dealing with Periodontal Disease
First and foremost, prevention will always be better than a cure. If you prevent periodontal disease, it not only takes the stress away from yourself but keeps your faithful pet much happier too. How do you prevent periodontal disease? With professional home pet dental care. For example, at Home Veterinary Care of Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Vincent Guerrero D.V.M. offers lots of different services. This includes dental scaling and polishing; this keeps your pet’s teeth clean and the risk of dental disease low.
Using fluoride, their teeth are cleaned while under anesthesia. Don’t worry, it’s only a small dose and they’re normally back awake after around 30 minutes. The anesthesia allows for proper polishing without too much stress for the pet themselves.
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Caring for Your Pet
As a responsible pet owner, you might wonder what you can do in between appointments with a mobile veterinary clinic. Here are some top tips:
- Use a toothbrush regularly until your pet gets used to the process.
- Never try human toothpaste because these formulas are designed for humans alone.
- Don’t assume that your own care is good enough to negate the work of a mobile veterinarian.
- Don’t worry about the inside of the teeth because this is cleaned by saliva.
- Try dental treats designed to aid oral health.
- Try rinses, pads, and wipes where brushing isn’t an option.
Dr. Vincent Guerrero D.V.M. is experienced in and passionate about professional home pet dental care. Don’t wait for the signs of cat dental disease or dog dental disease. Instead, take a proactive approach and prioritize oral health for your pet this year!