Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of New Braunfels

Combating Pet Dental Disease

You may not be aware of this, but 85% of pets age two years and older have some form of dental disease that can greatly reduce their life expectancy. The veterinarians and staff at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic do everything we can to ensure a long and healthy life for your pet. During your pet’s wellness examination, we examine your dog or cat’s teeth to check for tartar buildup and create a dental plan to suit your pet’s needs. This may include an annual or biannual teeth cleaning, if necessary.

Regular pet dental services, including teeth cleanings, reduce the risk of periodontal disease caused by bacterial infection. Periodontal disease can damage gums or jaw bones and may be life threatening when bacteria enter the bloodstream, potentially leading to liver, kidney, and heart problems. Dental disease can cause foul orders, discomfort, pain, and significantly reduce your pet’s lifespan. To prevent diseases, such as tooth root decay, gingivitis, cardiac endocarditis, and kidney and liver infections, our veterinarians recommend routine dental scaling and polishing.

Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Build up of yellowish or brownish material on your pet’s teeth (calculus, tartar, or plaque)
  • Signs of pain or discomfort, such as loss of appetite

If your pet has any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. We will check your pet’s teeth for any sign of periodontal disease. If disease is evident, we recommend a safe and simple routine dental cleaning and polishing under general anesthesia. This procedure includes pre-anesthetic blood testing, sedating your pet using gas anesthesia, dental cleaning, polishing the teeth, and providing a fluoride treatment. If loose teeth are detected, we may extract them. Additionally, we might X-ray your pet’s mouth to determine if your animal has diseased tooth roots.

At Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic, our staff recommends that you brush your dog or cat’s teeth daily using an animal specific toothbrush and toothpaste. This may reduce the need for professional teeth cleanings. We also offer specific dental nutrition advice, water additives, and dental chews to lessen tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth.

Equine Dentistry

Horses’ teeth grow continuously for 20–25 years and need to be floated. Some horses have the ideal mouth that self grinds the teeth, but this is rare. For the majority of horses, their teeth must be examined every year to detect long or sharp teeth and then have those teeth corrected. When your horse is two years of age, our veterinarians evaluate the cheek teeth and continue to do so every year after that. This ensures your horse’s ability to chew properly, thus decreasing colic risk factors and increasing the ability to eat efficiently. Healthy teeth lead to a healthier, happier horse.

For more information about animal dental health and equine dentistry, check Virbac Animal Health and call the veterinarians at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic today.