Ensuring your pet has healthy teeth and gums should be a key goal for every pet owner. Pet dental problems can inflict pain, reduced vitality and health, and more on our pets. The good news is that practicing proper oral health with your pet and ensuring oral care can help limit many dental problems. If you are in the El Paso, TX, area, consider working with our Desert East Animal Hospital team to help ensure your pet receives proper dental care.
Dental Problems and Symptoms
Caring for a pet can be challenging and comes with significant responsibility. Because pets cannot tell us when they are in pain and naturally try to hide it, you are responsible for scheduling your pet's annual wellness appointment with a complete dental exam. Between those appointments, you can help your pet by monitoring for bad breath, bleeding gums, abnormal chewing, and other signs of emerging dental issues.
Besides dental issues leading to your pet experiencing pain, periodontal disease can cause bacteria to enter your pet's bloodstream, potentially leading to significant health issues.
Preventing Dental Problems
As with humans, it may be beneficial to brush your pet’s teeth using pet toothpaste to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. In addition to daily brushing, get a dental exam as a part of your pet's annual checkup.
Of course, pets usually resist the cleaning procedures, so any cleaning may also require anesthesia. Using anesthesia allows the veterinarian to thoroughly clean their teeth without stressing your pet. Additionally, a vet on our team may perform blood tests before the procedure to confirm your pet can tolerate anesthesia.
If your pet has an acute dental issue or the annual exam reveals a problem, a veterinarian on our veterinary team will develop a treatment plan with you. This may include cleaning, fillings, and more.
Get Vet Care from a Veterinarian Near You at Our Animal Hospital
If you live in or near El Paso, TX, and are looking for a vet, we at Desert East Animal Hospital are an animal hospital offering veterinary dental care services, including routine teeth cleaning and acute dental care as needed. You can schedule an appointment for pet dental care or other veterinary care from a veterinarian near you by calling us at (915) 855-4100.