Dogs and cats need regular dental care just as people do, your friends at Northwest Austin Veterinary Center provide for all your dog or cat's dental needs.

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Do Not Neglect Dental Care for Dogs and Cats 

An unfortunate fact many pet owners aren't aware of is that over 85% of dogs and cats over 3 years or older are afflicted with some kind of dental disease.

This is a self-fulfilling prophecy, dog and cat owners do not know the importance of dental care for their companions, which in turn leads to further disease and decay; fortunately, at our Austin veterinary hospital we provide complete dental care for your pet, with services ranging from routine exams to reparative dental surgery. We also educate pet owners, so they can be the real MVP of their pet's dental health plan. 

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Veterinary Dental Surgery in Austin

We want the process of acquiring dental surgery for your dog or cat to be as easy as possible whenever it is needed.  It can be a lot to take in, we're with you every step of the way.

At Northwest Austin Veterinary Center we always keep our clients informed about their pet's treatment, we'll break down each step of the process to you in detail before the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care requirements.

We strive to keep your pets comfortable throughout the process, we offer jaw fracture repair surgeries, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.

Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams

Much like your annual checkup at the dentist, your dog or cat should come in for a dental examination at least once a year. Pets who are more prone to dental problems than others may need to see us more often. 

Northwest Austin Veterinary Center can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs. 

  • Symptoms

    If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.

    • Tartar buildup
    • Loose and/or broken teeth
    • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
    • Bleeding from the mouth
    • Bad breath 
    • Pain or swelling in or around the mouth
    • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
    • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth 
    • Discolored teeth 
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  • Assessment

    A thorough pre-anesthetic physical assessment will be completed for your pet before the dental exam. 

    We will take blood and urine analyses to ensure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted. 

    Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting. 

  • Treatment

    Next, the teeth are cleaned and polished (including under the gum line) and x-rays are taken. We then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth. 

    The final step is to apply a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you. 

  • Prevention

    Ideally, a follow-up examination will be scheduled two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment. 

    During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health. 

FAQs About Pet Dental Care

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our clients about pet dental care.

  • Why do pets need their teeth cleaned?

    Our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a consequence of poor oral health. 

    Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly. 

    This can lead to infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.

  • How can I tell if my pet has oral hygiene issues?

    Did you know behavior may be an indication of oral health problems? If your pet is experiencing dental problems, they drool excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or you may notice them pawing at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.

    Other signs of oral health problems include bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. Some pets may even suffer from pain that keeps them from eating. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams. 

  • What long-term problems can poor oral health potentially cause in my pet?

    Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body. 

    Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain. 

    This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing. 

  • What happens during a pet teeth cleaning appointment?

    During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will examine his or her mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.

      The vet will clean tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take. 

      In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery. 

      If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us. 

    • What should I do at home to keep my pet’s teeth clean between dental appointments?

      At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque. 

      Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health. 

    Veterinary Dentistry: Anesthesia & Your Pet's Oral Health

    To prevent biting or struggling, we use anesthesia to calm our patients for a more relaxed surgical experience. 

    Just the same as dentists provide anxious human patients anesthesia to help them chill out, our Austin vets provide anesthesia to cats and dogs during dental procedures. This puts less stress on the animals and allows us to best serve their dental needs. 

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