Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?
Your pet's teeth are essential to their quality of life. They use their mouths not only for eating, but for chewing toys, playing, and investigating the world around them. More than half of all dogs and cats living in the U.S. have some form of gum disease, which occurs as the result of excessive plaque and tartar buildup under the gum line. Gum disease is a painful condition that damages the gums, teeth, and surrounding structures. If left untreated, it can even affect the internal organs.
At Limerick Veterinary Hospital, one of our veterinarians can help you prevent or treat gum disease in your pet with a customized treatment plan. We know how important your pet's health and comfort are to you, which is why we offer professional dental services to preserve their teeth and keep them happy.
Dental Services for Dogs and Cats
Our professional pet dental care services focus on the treatment and prevention of gingivitis, gum disease and tooth loss. With our state-of-the-art veterinary dental technology, we can provide:
- Thorough oral exams while your pet is under anesthesia
- Digital dental X-rays to study the condition of each tooth and look for damage hidden below the gum line
- Complete dental cleanings performed with an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque and tartar
- Polishing to smooth the surfaces of the teeth and prevent future buildup
- Tooth extractions
- Oral mass removals
All dental cleanings and dental X-rays are performed only when the patient is under anesthesia. Awake pets cannot safely undergo these procedures, nor experience the full benefits.
At-Home Dental Care
To assist pet owners in caring for their pets' teeth at home, Limerick Veterinary Hospital offers toothbrushes, toothpaste, chews, treats, and dental diet food. We recommend a well-rounded approach to your pet's dental care routine. This may include daily brushing, dental chews, and Hill's T/D food to supplement their diet.
One of our veterinarians will help you choose the best dental plan. With consistent treatment, your pet will not need professional cleanings as often, and can enjoy more time at home with you.