Anicare Pet Dental Services in Dublin

By: Anicare  05/12/2011
Keywords: Health Care, pet

Dental disease is very common in animals with approximately 85% of pets developing some form of periodontal disease by the time they are three years old.  Just as in humans, dental disease is painful, but because our pets do not have the same ability to communicate their discomfort as we do, until relatively recently a lot of their dental problems were overlooked.  Additionally, an unhealthy mouth can lead to other problems such as bad breath, tooth loss, and in more severe instances, liver and heart disease.  Signs of dental problems in your pet may include bad breath, red swollen gums, eating difficulties, yellow/brown tartar build up on teeth and drooling.

We at Anicare appreciate that dental care is a vital part of your pet’s preventive health care plan so particular attention is paid to the gums and teeth during your pet’s annual health exam.  Our healthcare team is always on hand to advise you on all aspects of your pet’s dental hygiene, including proper diet and tooth brushing.

Periodontal Disease – Signs To Watch For

As plaque builds up on your pet’s teeth, it hardens into tartar and damages the teeth and gums. This results in the disease known as gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis include bad breath and reddened gums.  If left untreated, gingivitis can cause periodontal disease, a serious infection that can damage the teeth and gums and lead to health problems elsewhere in your pet’s body.  If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, he or she may have periodontal disease:

●      Discomfort while chewing

●      Difficulty swallowing

●      Pawing at the mouth

●      Inflamed or bleeding gums

●      Bad breath

Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning

Veterinary dental cleanings are very different for pets than they are for humans. Because anaesthesia is required to keep your pet still and comfortable during a cleaning, a complete physical examination is required first in order to detect any complications that may occur from the use of anaesthetic.

During a cleaning, the skilled veterinary technicians at Anicare use a hand scaler to remove tartar and plaque from your pet’s teeth.  Next, a periodontal probe is used to check under the gum line for signs of periodontal disease.  An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean the teeth above the gum line, and a curette is used to clean and smooth the teeth below the gum line. Finally, your pet’s teeth are polished and his or her gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to prevent future tartar build-up.

Pet Dental Care At Home

Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is a year-round process.  Our staff members can show you how to properly brush your pet’s teeth at home. This helps delay the build-up of plaque and tartar and is a great way for you to bond with your pet.  Certain foods are also available to help prevent tartar build-up, which we can both recommend and supply.

Keywords: Health Care, pet

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Preventive Health Care Services by Anicare

Regular visits to the vet play a huge part in the “prevention is better than cure” approach and are critical to preventing illness and identifying any newly emerging problems before they become serious. The Anicare team recommends that your pet receive a check-up at least once per year or more frequently as they get older, or if they have special medical needs. Apart from detecting any subtle changes in your pet’s physical health%2.


Pet Surgery at Anivare Vet Clinics

We always use excellent pain relief tailored to the surgery being performed to help reduce or eliminate post-operative pain, and most owners are surprised at how happy and bright their pets appear on the evening of surgery. We use isoflurane gas anaesthesia for all surgery procedures, which is extremely safe for all patients, particularly geriatric and exotic pets.


Diagnostic Services at Anicare Vet Clinics

Blood Testing and Laboratory Facilities In-house state of the art biochemistry analysers to assess internal organ function. Non-invasive diagnostic tool for assessing the internal structure and tissue type of many of the body’s organs. Blood Pressure Monitoring This is especially important with heart disease and kidney disease. Electrocardiograph Utilized to check your pet’s heart rhythm and rate.