While routine dental care is critical to our cats' and dogs' oral and overall health, most pets don't receive the oral hygiene care that's so essential to the health of their teeth and gums.
At our veterinary hospital in Lakewood, we offer complete dental care services for your pet, from basics such as dental exams, teeth cleanings and polishing to dental X-rays and surgeries.
We are also happy to provide dental health education to pet parents about the importance of home dental care for their pets.
We understand that learning that your pet needs dental surgery can be alarming. We strive to make this process as stress-free as possible, for both you and for your pet.
We understand that finding out that your pet needs dental surgery can be overwhelming. We strive to make this process as stress-free as possible, for you and for your pet.
We'll do everything in our power to ensure your pet's experience with us is easy and comfortable. We'll explain each part of the process to you in detail prior to the procedure, including preparation and any post-operative care needs.
We offer tooth extractions, jaw fracture repair surgeries, and gum disease treatment for cats and dogs.
Just like we need to visit the dentist for an annual checkup, your dog or cat should see us for a dental examination at least once each year. Pets who are more susceptible to dental issues than others may need to come in more often.
Our vets at Red Rocks Animal Center can assess, diagnose and treat dental health issues in cats and dogs.
It's time to bring your pet in for a dental checkup if you notice any of these symptoms.
Before the dental exam, the vet will conduct a thorough pre-anesthetic physical assessment for your pet.
We will take blood and urine analyses to check that it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. We may also need to do additional diagnostics such as chest radiographs.
Once your pet has been put under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Next, the teeth are cleaned and polished (including under the gum line) and x-rays are taken. We then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth.
The final step is to apply a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
Ideally, a follow-up examination will be scheduled two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients about pet dental care.
If our pets have poor oral health, they may develop periodontal disease or tooth decay.
Similar to humans, when animals eat, plaque attacks their teeth and can build up into tartar if not regularly brushed away.
This may lead to infections in the mouth, tooth decay, periodontal disease and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is vital to preventing disease or pain in the gums.
Did you know that your pet's behavior may indicate oral health issues? If your pet is experiencing dental problems, they may paw at their mouth or teeth or you may notice them drooling (the drool may contain pus or blood) or yawning excessively. They may also stop grooming sufficiently and grind their teeth.
Other signs of oral health problems include tooth discoloration, bad breath and swollen gums. Some pets may even experience pain that prevents them from eating. Read more about symptoms under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams on this page.
Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet dentist will examine his or her mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.
The vet will clean tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take.
In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us.
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Since cats and dogs do not understand what is happening during dental procedures, they will often react by biting or struggling.
Like the anesthesia dentists often provide to their human patients who may be anxious or nervous, our vets in Lakewood provide anesthesia to all of our patients before performing dental procedures. This puts less stress on the animals and allows us to X-ray their mouth as required.
We are happily accepting new patients at Red Rocks Animal Center! Our experienced vets are committed to the care of Lakewood pets. Reach out today to book your pet's first appointment.