Las Vegas Pet Dentistry at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital
Dental hygiene, checkups and treatments may not be a lot of fun, but imagine what kinds of problems your mouth might encounter if you never scheduled any of these essentials. The same holds true for your pet. Animals are subject to many of the same dental problems as humans, which is why it's so important to get your pet's mouth the veterinary care it requires. Here at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital, we're proud to offer state-of-the-art Las Vegas pet dentistry for your special friend.
While it's not unusual for an animal's teeth to be damaged by a hard object or accident, the most pervasive threat to your pet's dental health is periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease afflicts the majority of cats and dogs aged 3 or older, and it only gets worse the longer it goes untreated. It occurs when bacteria take up residence in the tissues surrounding the teeth, creating infections and prompting an inflammatory response that causes tissue damage of its own. Symptoms include chronically bad breath, red or bleeding gums and other signs of infection. Periodontal disease can lead to painful abscesses in the jawbone, tooth loss and even secondary infections in the major organs.
Your Source for Las Vegas Pet Dental Care
The good news is that you can help protect your pet from the ravages of periodontal disease through a combination of home dental hygiene and professional Las Vegas pet dental care at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital. Our veterinarian can advise you on the proper tools and techniques for brushing your pet's teeth, as well as foods and chew toys designed to help reduce tartar, bacteria's preferred food source. Professional cleanings are necessary to remove tartar underneath the gum line. We carefully administer general anesthesia so your pet will be still and relaxed for this procedure.
Annual examinations are another critical aspect of Las Vegas pet dental care. (Senior animals or those suffering from significant dental problems may need more frequent visits.) We perform a comprehensive evaluation of the mouth, head and neck to check for signs of gum disease and oral cancer, a lethal ailment that requires the earliest possible detection and treatment. X-rays enable us to note tooth and bone conditions that may require treatment. As your pet grows older we can also check for age-related issues such as tooth wear and tear or feline resorptive lesions, a soft tissue disease that affects senior cats.
We Service clients in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.
If your pet requires treatment for a dental condition, we will discuss your options with you. Damaged or infected teeth may need to be extracted to facilitate healing and protect neighboring teeth, for instance, or surgery may be necessary to remove oral cancer.
Call (702) 259-9200 today to schedule a dental appointment for your pet at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital. Our Las Vegas pet dentistry can help your companion enjoy a healthier mouth and a happier life!