Pet Dental Care at Animal Hospital on Route 66

Animal Hospital on Route 66Why Oral Health is Vital Your Pet's Good Overall Health

When you choose Animal Hospital on Route 66 to maintain and protect your pet's health, you can be assured your pet is receiving veterinary care based on the most advanced medical protocols. The same is true for our dental services for dogs and cats in Cicero and the surrounding towns.

Pets have dental diseases and problems just like people do. Regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings combined with good dental hygiene at home can increase your pet's health, vitality and well-being and help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

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 overall health before symptoms are noticeable. For those reasons, our veterinary team strongly recommends including dental examinations in your dog's or cat's preventive health care program.

Your Pet's Dental Examination at Animal Hospital on Route 66

At Animal Hospital on Route 66, the centerpiece of your pet's dental care is a complete oral examination followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

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

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet.

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In Between Cleanings: Dental Care at Home

In between visits to our veterinary office, brush your pet's teeth regularly and check for 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 are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a knowledgeable member of the staff at Animal Hospital on Route 66 for instructions. We are happy to help!

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Symptoms of 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, his or her comfort and health is also being impacted. Don't wait - please call us today for an appointment.