When was the last time your pet went to the dentist? As funny as it might sound, pets have dental problems just like we do! Disease and infection of the teeth and gums can lead to serious health consequences in vital organs like the heart, kidneys, & liver. They can also be extremely painful. Thankfully, most dental problems can be avoided by performing regular veterinary dental check-ups and dental cleanings! Your Pet’s Wellness is happy to offer these services to the Chicagoland community. Call now to set up your pet’s dentistry consultation!
Does my pet suffer from dental disease?
Signs of dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Yellowish tartar and plaque buildup
- Red, swollen gums (gingivitis)
- Difficulty eating, decreased appetite, and pawing at the mouth
- Loose, broken, or missing teeth
Even if you don’t see any of the above signs, we recommend regular check-up’s with one of our doctors, as dental disease can be too difficult to identify at home. The best care is preventive.
Please fill out this form prior to your first appt. This will greatly expedite your visit and allow us to be better prepared to serve your needs. Also, if you have additional veterinary records such as vaccination history or laboratory results, please email or fax them to us before your visit.
Home Dental Care
Dental care does not end once your pet walks out our door! We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily. And in case you’re wondering: No, we don’t recommend sharing your toothbrush with your furry friend.
We offer many different oral health products, including pet-safe toothpaste in delicious flavors like “Poultry” & “Fish”, dental treats, dental chews, dental wipes, and other easy-to-use rinses. Dental hygeine doesn’t have to be a chore. Ask our veterinarians for their tips & tricks for particularly wiggly pets!
Pet Dental Cleanings
If early or advanced dental disease has been noted by a Your Pet’s Wellness veterinarian, then a professional dental cleaning will be recommended. Dental cleanings involve full anesthesia, and we are proud to offer the very best anesthesia, pain control, and veterinary dental care technology.
On the day of your pet’s dental cleaning, the doctor will start by performing:
- A full physical exam to evaluate your pet’s general health.
- An on-site complete blood count (CBC)
You will also have to option to have us perform a blood chemistry profile, which we strongly recommend, in order to check vital organ function the day of the procedure.
After the exam & bloodwork, all pets will then receive:
- Advanced anesthetic monitoring by a dedicated technician whose only job is to watch and record your pet’s vital signs while they are under anesthesia
- A thorough dental cleaning, using an ultrasonic scaler to clean away tartar both above and below the gumline, performed by an experienced Veterinary Technician
- A teeth polishing, in order to create a smooth surface, performed by a Veterinary Technician
- An oral exam using a periodontal probe to check for: pockets along the gumline, enamel defects, furcation exposure, fractured/broken teeth, root exposure, loose/mobile teeth, and missing teeth. Performed by a Veterinary Technician.
- An exam performed by a Veterinary Technician, looking for evidence of tooth resorption, which affects over half of all cats above the age of 3 years*
- A take-home discharge sheet detailing our post-anesthetic care instructions
- Before/after pictures of your pet’s beautiful pearly whites
If any dental abnormalities are noted in your pet’s mouth, a digital dental x-ray will then be taken. The doctor will then determine if any teeth need to be extracted.
If an extraction is deemed necessary we will perform the following:
- A nerve block to prevent pain
- Necessary oral surgery, performed by one of our doctors.
- Complimentary K-Laser therapy session–to help heal extraction sites
- At-home pain medication, to avoid any discomfort in the days following the extractions.
*Tooth resorption is a painful process in which the body breaks down its own teeth and turns them into bone