Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning Animal Dentistry Services
Dental care for animals is incredibly important for their long-term health and well-being. At both of our locations, we offer cat and dog teeth cleaning, but at Hayes Veterinary Hospital in DeRidder, LA, we also offer dental services for horses. Healthy teeth and gums contribute significantly to overall health, making dentistry a vital part of preventative care.
Why Pet Dental Care Is So Important
Dental disease in cats and dogs is highly prevalent, affecting more than two-thirds of pets by the time they are 3 years old. Without consistent teeth cleaning, cats and dogs will develop bad breath, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. The bacteria in plaque and tartar will eat away at their teeth, and may also enter the bloodstream and cause damage to internal organs. At our animal hospitals, we aim to never let dental disease get this far. With our preventative pet dental care, we aim to reverse any damage done and prevent any more damage in the future.
Our Dental Care Services for Cats & Dogs
Dogs and cats need regular professional teeth cleanings in order to remain in good health. In order to perform a thorough cleaning, it is necessary to use general anesthesia. To minimize risks, we take safety precautions that we use in surgery including pre-anesthetic blood work, close monitoring of your pet’s vitals, and more.
Once your pet is cleared for the procedure, we perform the following:
- Thorough dental evaluation checking for periodontal pockets and progression of disease
- Ultrasonic scaling of each tooth, removing plaque and tartar from both above and below the gum line
- Polishing of each tooth’s enamel to reduce the amount of future tartar build-up
- Extractions of any damaged or broken teeth*
*In the event your pet needs extractions, we’ll administer the appropriate pain medications during and after the procedure to ensure they wake from anesthesia with minimal discomfort.
Dental Care Services for Horses
Dental care for horses generally involves floating their teeth. A horse’s teeth are constantly erupting, yet horses are able to wear them down with chewing of grass and hay. However, uneven wear on the teeth can cause edges or misalignment. Edges can cause damage to the inside of your horse’s mouth, and even affect their ability to eat. Hand floating involves wearing down the appropriate teeth to create a smooth, even bite. We can perform hand-floating either at our DeRidder, LA, location or at your barn for a house call appointment.