Did you know that 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 5 have some form of periodontal disease, better known as gum disease? Periodontal disease can cause significant pain to our beloved pets and even affect the heart, liver, and kidneys, if left untreated. At Advanced Pet Care of Clear Lake, our goal is to prevent pet gum disease, which is why we stress the importance of regular pet dental cleanings and maintenance with our clients. Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art dental equipment to provide the best possible care for your pet. Our doctors have undergone additional training to comfortably perform routine and complex extractions as well as many other forms of oral surgery.
Typically, the first time we’ll ever look at your pet’s teeth is during the annual wellness exam. If we determine, during this visit, that a more extensive dental exam is necessary, and you schedule it within 30 days of our recommendation, you can save 10% (on the dental cleaning)!
What to Expect During Your Pet’s Dental Visit
If you have recently been told that your pet is in need of dental care, you likely have questions about what to expect. On this page, you will find a step-by-step summary of what a standard pet dental visit consists of, to address those questions.
- Physical exam
- Pre-operative blood work
- General anesthesia administration
- Intraoral radiology (X-rays)
- Scaling (teeth cleaning) and polishing
- Periodontal probing
- Tooth extractions (if necessary)
- Post-operative care
We monitor all of our dental patients’ vital signs throughout each dental procedure using advanced monitoring equipment. For more information about these steps, we have made the following Pet Dental Care handout available. You can also contact Advanced Pet Care of Clear Lake if you have any questions. We want both you and your pet to be as comfortable as possible before, during, and after their dental treatment.
Common Signs of Dental Disease
Below is a list of some of the most common signs that are associated with periodontal disease:
- Bad breath (sign of early gum disease)
- Red or swollen gums
- Yellow or brown teeth
- Yellowish brown tartar buildup along the gum line
- Trouble eating or retaining food in the mouth
- Loose teeth
If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your pet, it’s time to schedule a dental exam. Give us a call at (281) 486-1509. One of our team members will be happy to assist you. Together, we can help eliminate your pet’s risk of gum disease and help him/her live a longer, healthier life.