West Plains Animal Hospital treats furry friends for all kinds of ailments, and that includes providing dental care. If you need a veterinarian or pet dental services in Spokane, Cheney, or the surrounding communities, we can provide them.
Does My Pet Need a Dentist?
Generally speaking, your pet does not need a veterinary dentist. These are specialists who are capable of carrying out dental surgeries that may not be available from every vet. When it comes to teeth cleaning and regular checkups, any qualified vet can provide these services. A dental specialist is someone you only need upon referral.
Does My Pet Need a Toothbrush?
Yes. As much as it might feel like a chore, dogs and cats get plaque on their teeth quite often. That plaque can grow bacteria and lead to gum disease, infections, and other issues. Brushing is the very best defense against it. That means you’ll have to supply the opposable thumbs to get the job done.
When Does My Pet Need a Dental Exam?
Typically, the first dental exam can be put off until they’re around two years old if there are no specific problems before then. From that first appointment, annual cleanings and dental exams are best to keep your pet healthy. If it turns out that your pet has special needs, your vet will explain that to you.
Does Teeth Cleaning Require Anesthesia?
Yes. Pet teeth are longer and deeper than human teeth. To properly examine and clean those teeth, pets undergo a more rigorous process than humans typically do. Anesthesia is necessary to protect the pet and get them safely through the process.
What If My Pet Breaks a Tooth?
This is something that happens, and it requires treatment. Even strong teeth can be cracked by chewing on something hard. When a tooth breaks, your pet will often not exhibit severe symptoms. Eventually, the nerve will die and your pet will go on like normal. This is not good. Broken teeth are at a higher risk of infection and disease. Getting the tooth repaired can prevent these issues and reduce your pet’s discomfort.
Schedule a Dental Appointment With Our Veterinarian Today
If your pet is overdue for some dental care, we’ll be happy to remedy the situation. We’ll take a good look at your pet’s mouth, get the teeth clean, and help your pet on its way to enjoying life with a healthy mouth. If you live in Spokane, Cheney, or the surrounding area, call West Plains Animal Hospital today at (509) 624-3474 to schedule an appointment.