Our Fuquay Varina Veterinarian Answers Your Pet Dental Questions
At Hilltop Animal Hospital, we strive to be your trusted Fuquay Varina pet hospital for all your furry friend's health and wellness needs. From routine exams and vaccinations to surgical services and everything in between, we do it all. We even provide pet dental services right here in our office.
Why is Dental Care Important for My Pet?
Dental care is just as important as any other aspect of your pet's health. In fact, the two can have a major influence on each other. For instance, did you know that pets who have gum disease are also more likely to suffer from heart problems? Without proper dental care, your pet could suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, and other complications.
How Often Does My Pet Need Teeth Cleanings?
We recommend you bring your pet in for a wellness exam at least once a year. As part of this exam, we'll assess your pet's oral health and make recommendations for cleanings or other treatments as needed. Generally, dental cleanings done under general anesthesia are recommended for pets once a year. Before placing your pet under anesthesia, we'll also want to conduct a pre-anesthetic exam that may include a blood test, urine tests, X-rays, and electrocardiography to ensure your pet is safely placed under anesthesia during the procedure.
What Can I Do at Home to Protect My Pet's Teeth?
In between dental cleanings, you should brush your pet's teeth at home using a toothbrush and toothpaste specially formulated for your type of pet. Furthermore, there are dental treats, toys, and even flavorless water additives that are meant to help improve your pet's oral health and prevent decay in the process.
What Are Common Signs of Gum Disease in Pets?
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common dental problems in pets. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to permanent tooth loss, making it difficult for your pet to eat solid foods. The most common symptoms of gum disease in pets include swollen, red, and tender gums, as well as gums that bleed easily (such as while your pet eats or chews on its favorite toy).
What Other Dental Services Do You Offer?
We provide a number of pet dental services right here in our office, aside from routine cleanings. For instance, we can perform digital X-rays, scaling and polishing of teeth, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, fluoride treatments, sealants (to protect against decay), and more. No matter what your pet's specific dental care needs may be, we can help.
Pet Dental Care Provider to Holly Springs, Raleigh, Cary, and Apex Areas
If your pet is showing signs of a dental problem or is simply overdue for a dental cleaning, contact Hilltop Animal Hospital today by calling our office at (919) 567-9700. We hold convenient office hours six days a week (including Saturdays) to work with your busy schedule, and we proudly serve Holly Springs, Raleigh, Cary and Apex.