Toro Park Animal Hospital

Pet Dental Services in Salinas, CA

Discover our comprehensive pet dental services catering to the needs of dogs and cats in Salinas, CA. From routine cleanings to advanced dental procedures, we prioritize your pet's oral health for a happier and healthier life.

Why Is Pet Dental Care Important?

Toro Park Animal Hospital - Pet Dental Care

Pets can develop plaque and tartar buildup on their teeth, which can lead to dental disease. If left untreated, dental disease can cause pain, tooth loss, and even affect other organs in the body.

Regular dental care can prevent these issues and keep your pet's mouth healthy. It can also save you money in the long run, as dental procedures can be costly. Additionally, good dental hygiene can improve your pet's overall health and well-being.

Signs of Dental Disease in Pets

It's essential to be aware of the signs of dental disease in pets so that you can address any issues promptly. Some common signs of dental disease in pets include:

  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty eating or chewing
  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Bleeding or inflamed gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Discolored teeth

If you notice any of these signs, it's crucial to schedule an appointment with us for a dental check-up.

What Happens During a Pet Dental Cleaning?

A pet dental cleaning is a routine procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar from your pet's teeth. Here's what you can expect during a pet dental cleaning:

  1. Anesthesia - Pet dental cleanings require anesthesia to ensure that your pet is comfortable and still during the procedure. Our veterinarians will perform a pre-anesthetic exam and/or bloodwork to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia.
  2. Scaling and Polishing - Once your pet is under anesthesia, our veterinary team will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your pet's teeth. They will also polish the teeth to remove any remaining plaque and smooth the surface of the teeth.
  3. Dental X-rays - In some cases, our veterinarians may recommend dental X-rays to check for any underlying issues, such as tooth decay or root damage. This is especially important if your pet is showing signs of dental disease.
  4. Extractions - If your pet has severely damaged or infected teeth, our veterinarian may need to extract them. This is a common procedure and is done to prevent further pain and infection.
  5. Post-Procedure Care - After the dental cleaning, your pet will need some time to recover from the anesthesia. Our veterinarian will provide you with instructions on how to care for your pet at home, including any medications that may be necessary.

How To Keep Your Pet's Teeth Clean At Home

While professional dental cleanings are essential, there are also things you can do at home to keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy. Here are some tips:

  1. Brush Your Pet's Teeth - Pets can benefit from regular teeth brushing. Use a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste to gently brush your pet's teeth a few times a week. This can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
  2. Provide Dental Chews and Toys - There are many dental chews and toys available that can help keep your pet's teeth clean. These products are designed to remove plaque and tartar while your pet chews on them.
  3. Add Dental Additives to Water - There are also dental additives that you can add to your pet's water bowl. These additives can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup and keep your pet's mouth clean and fresh.

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