Comprehensive Dental Care for Cats & Dogs
Routine dental care is an important part of cats' and dogs' oral and overall health, but most pets do not receive the oral hygiene care they require to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
We provide complete dental care for your pet at our Baton Rouge veterinary hospital, from basic dental exams, teeth cleanings, and polishing, to dental x-rays and surgeries.
We also make it a point to educate pet owners on how to care for their pets' teeth at home.
Dental Surgery in Baton Rouge
We understand how stressful it can be to learn that your pet requires dental surgery. We work hard to make this process as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.
We'll do everything we can to make your pet's stay with us as pleasant and easy as possible. Before the procedure, we will go over each step of the procedure with you in detail, including the preparation and post-operative care requirements.
We offer jaw fracture repair surgeries, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.
Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams
Your dog or cat should have a dental examination at least once a year, just like you do. Pets who are more prone to dental problems than others may require more frequent visits.
Kleinpeter Veterinary Hospital is capable of assessing, diagnosing, and treating dental health issues in cats and dogs.
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
Before the dental exam, your pet will undergo a thorough pre-anesthetic physical examination. We will perform blood and urine tests to ensure that anesthesia is safe for your pet.
Once your pet is sedated, we will perform a thorough oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
The teeth are then cleaned and polished (including beneath the gum line), and x-rays are taken. Each tooth is then given a fluoride treatment.
Finally, a dental sealant is applied to prevent plaque from adhering to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is discovered, the veterinarian will devise a treatment plan and consult with you on it.
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 patients about pet dental care.
- Why do pets need their teeth cleaned?
Poor oral health can lead to periodontal disease or tooth decay in our pets.
When animals eat, plaque adheres to their teeth, and if not brushed away regularly, it can harden into tartar.
This can result in oral infections, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That is why regular dental care is critical for preventing gum pain and disease.
- How can I tell if my pet has oral hygiene issues?
Did you know that your behavior can be an indicator of oral health issues? If your pet has dental problems, you may notice them drooling excessively (which may contain pus or blood) or pawing at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or fail to groom adequately.
Bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration are other signs of oral health problems.
Some pets may even experience pain that prevents them from eating. More information about symptoms can be found on the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
- What long-term problems can poor oral health potentially cause in my pet?
Oral health issues and conditions, in addition to causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors may form. Your pet may also be feeling under the weather in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). Furthermore, diseases associated with oral health conditions can shorten your pet's lifespan and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so important for the physical health and well-being of animals.
- What happens during a pet tooth cleaning appointment?
During your pet's routine oral exam, the veterinarian will examine his or her mouth for oral health conditions or any symptoms that require treatment.
Tartar and other debris will be removed from your cat's or dog's teeth by the veterinarian. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the veterinarian will explain them to you and advise you on what steps to take.
Surgery may be required in some cases to treat serious conditions. Anesthesia will be administered to your pet before the dental procedure to ensure that they are comfortable and pain-free. However, special care will be required following 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?
Brushing your pet's teeth and providing dental chew toys should be done regularly at home. These will aid in the removal of plaque.
Allow them to chew on things that will harm their teeth, such as bones, toys, or hard objects. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's oral health, always contact your veterinarian.
Veterinary Dentistry: Anesthesia & Your Pet's Oral Health
Cats and dogs do not understand what is going on during dental procedures and frequently react by struggling or biting.
Our Baton Rouge vets provide anesthesia to all of our patients before performing dental procedures, similar to how dentists provide anesthesia to nervous or anxious patients. This reduces stress on the animals and enables us to x-ray their mouths as needed.
New Patients Welcome
Kleinpeter Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Baton Rouge companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.