North Austin Pet Dental Services

Austin Pet DentistsYour Pet's Dental Examination at
Anderson Mill Animal Clinic

Your dog or cat can have dental diseases and problems just like you do. That's why regular pet dental check-ups and teeth cleanings at our animal hospital in Austin, combined with good dental hygiene at home, are vital for your pet's overall health and well-being.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition - it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are noticeable. To be sure you are doing all you can to protect your pet's health and keep him or her feeling great, make regular dental examinations and cleanings a part of your pet's regular preventive care plan.

At our veterinary hospital in Austin, your pet's dental appointment includes:

  • Oral examination under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Supra and subgingival ultrasonic scaling
  • Digital X-rays
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Complimentary fluoride application

Should we find any issues, we will discuss them with you and offer treatment options for your pet. We are experienced dental practitioners and can offer a number of dental procedures.

Understanding Veterinary Dentistry

Veterinary dentistry is quite different from the equivalent process in people. For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. Consequently, a person's visit to the dentist is relatively brief and does not require sedation. In contrast, veterinary dentistry is considerably more involved, time-consuming and complex. Cleaning a pet's teeth requires general anesthesia, and consequently a day of hospitalization. The skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians and animal attendants are required for each dental procedure.

austin pet dentists

Caring for Your Pet's Teeth at Home

The staff at Anderson Mill Animal Clinic strongly encourages home dental care; please brush your pet's teeth regularly and check for any signs of problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important way to maintain your companion's good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing your pet's teeth dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

If you're unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a member of the staff at Anderson Mill Animal Clinic for instructions. We are happy to help.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Symptoms of pet dental disease include:

  • Bad breath (one of the first signs of dental disease)
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Anderson Mill Animal Clinic today for an appointment. Your pet does not need to spend any more time experiencing oral discomfort.

For more information about the dental services for dogs and cats Anderson Mill Animal Clinic offers or to schedule an appointment at our animal clinic, please call (512) 258-4163.