Dental Care FAQs

One challenge for pet owners is to overcome that piercing stench that comes from your pet's decaying gum tissue. Just like with people, chewing more often through pre-existing dental conditions can lead to growth of tartar on the teeth which can lead to medical issues elsewhere in the body. The ultimate effect is bone erosion and erosion of the teeth and gums that can cause long-term pain and health problems for your pet.

Dental problems are mostly preventable, but the treatment can sometimes be complicated by other existing conditions. Some pets could have root or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, where the jaw joint moves randomly with every bone movement. Bone softening from subluxations or occlusions can cause a loss of sensation in and around the mouth and could lead to emergency vet services. It’s often hard to diagnose the root of pet dental problems, but early awareness can give your pet the best chance for a high quality of life. Visit us at Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach for a thorough examination and a diagnosis.


What You Should Know

Studies suggest that an overweight or obese dog or cat can suffer dental health problems that stem directly from the effects of their weight issues. As is the case with humans, severe dental pain can worsen if left untreated and can lead to complications like diabetes and heart disease. If you notice that your pet is suffering from short-breath, or having chronic difficulty eating, you should contact our clinic to see the emergency vet immediately. If you are adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue center, talk to the staff and find out if your pet has any existing dental problems. If your pet does have dental issues, it’s important to get your animal treated as soon as possible, so the situations does not worsen. If your pet has regular dental checkups, you will be aware of the changes in his or her dental health before any problems persist. 

Tooth Removal

We offer oral surgery for your pet, if he or she is in need of tooth removal. A tooth may need to be removed if the tooth or gums around it is damaged. After surgery, several safe anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing medications are available for your pet. With the use of one of these medications, or a combination of medicines, you will be able to provide your pet with relief from any pain. Within a few days, your pet should be back to normal. 

Pet Owners Can Help

A pet owner doesn’t have to wait for a checkup for dental care. Lots of dental care can be applied at home by using better pet foods, providing teeth-cleaning treats, and using chew toys designed to help clean teeth. However, the big factor that provides the most protection is making sure to bring your pet in for regular veterinary exams. Pet diet and nutrition also have a big impact. What your animal takes in for nutrition has a big effect on how his or her body fends off problems and maintain strong defenses.

Contact Us for Dental Care

Whatever dental issues your pet may be experiencing, our team of experienced professionals is here to find the right treatment for your loved one. We understand how important your pet is to you. That’s why we offer an emergency vet service for when you need us most. Contact us at Southside Veterinary Hospital to find out how we can help!

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