Pets use their mouths for everything from chewing food to carrying their favorite toys around, so their dental health is a major factor in their everyday lives. You can help your beloved pet maintain optimal dental and oral health by turning to Caring Animal Hospital. Our animal hospital in Hayward CA can provide everything from preventative dental care to surgical treatment of serious problems.
If you think of pet dentistry is a relatively minor aspect of your pet's well-being and quality of life, think again. Pets can have just as much trouble with their teeth, gums, jaws and oral cavity as we humans can -- and the trouble can take the same forms. For example, periodontal disease isn't just a concern for the human members of your family; more than half of all pets display some degree of this progressive ailment by the time they're well into adulthood. Periodontal disease starts when tartar buildup acts as a food source for bacteria, stimulating an inflammatory reaction that damages the teeth, jawbone and connective tissues. As a result, your pet may have too much dental pain to chew properly (or at all, if he starts losing teeth to the disease).
Infections and injuries can also plague animal's mouths. If you've ever had an abscessed tooth, you know how agonizing this condition can be. It's also potentially dangerous, since the bacteria in the tooth can find their way to vital organs. Cracked or broken teeth are especially vulnerable to infection. Last but not least, oral cancer is a very real threat to your pet's health and even his life. This cancer can be hard for owners to spot, and it can spread quickly.
Our Hayward animal hospital serves as a one-stop shop for your pet's dental needs. Preventative care is the smartest place to start. Our veterinarian in Hayward recommends annual dental evaluations for most pets -- at least until they reach their senior years, at which point more frequent exams may be advisable. We can X-ray the teeth to look for hidden infections, observe the teeth directly and check for early signs of periodontal disease. Teeth cleaning under anesthesia removes the tartar that encourages oral bacteria. We can also identify oral cancer tumors in their earliest stages.
Our Hayward animal hospital can treat a wide range of dental and oral problems. we may prescribe antibiotics, for example, to resolve a minor infection. Tooth extractions may be necessary for seriously infected, painful and/or broken teeth. Our veterinarian in Hayward can also use surgery to remove oral cancer tumors and repair jaw injuries.
New patients receive a free consultation at Caring Pet Hospital, so if your pet is due for dental care, there's no time like the present. Call 510-537-1788 to schedule pet dentistry with our Hayward veterinarian!
Dr. Mangat has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years.
- John M / Hayward, CA