At Ponchatoula Animal Hospital, we find that one of the most over-looked aspects of pet health is dental care. People brush their teeth twice daily, floss, and get their teeth professionally cleaned. Not surprising, dogs and cats need dental care as well!
As with people, oral disease in pets begins with bacteria in the mouth that hardens and forms plaque that adheres to teeth. If not removed through regular care and cleaning, these bacteria will accumulate, harden into tartar, and can lead to the development of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease symptoms include bad breath, blood in saliva, drooling, loose teeth, lack of eating due to pain in the mouth, weight loss. If your dog has any of these symptoms, we would recommend an exam to discuss a possible dental cleaning.
Complete dental cleanings at Ponchatoula Animal Hospital are performed by Dr. Elstrott and Dr. Akers. Anesthesia is closely monitored, and we have a high-power scaler, polisher, drill unit and perform extractions as needed.
For more information about dental care for your cat or dog, please visit the Veterinary Oral Health Council website at http://www.vohc.org/.