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Animals put their teeth to all kinds of uses, so it's no wonder that their mouths face a variety of dental threats. If you want your furry friends to enjoy many more years of optimal oral health, you need to provide them with a regular source of top-quality pet dentistry. Our Livonia animal hospital, Sheehy Animal Hospital, is proud to offer these important services.
Pet dental problems are a common occurrence. Periodontal disease is the most prevalent of these issues, affecting most pets aged 3 or older. This destructive gum inflammation is triggered by bacteria attracted to tartar on the teeth; left untreated, it can cause severe pain and tooth loss, impairing your pet's ability to chew (a necessary first step in normal digestion and nutrient absorption). Additionally, pets sometimes fall prey to oral cancer, a potentially deadly ailment that can progress to a late stage before it becomes obvious.
Injuries are another challenge to your pet's dental and oral health. Cracked or broken teeth, for instance, can develop serious infections extending down to the jawbone, with bacteria potentially migrating to other parts of the body.
The good news is that preventative pet dental care can either prevent or control the many problems that can affect your companion's teeth, gums and oral cavity. Our veterinarian in Livonia, Dr. Sharon Sheehy, recommends periodic dental exams for all pets. Annual checkups are the general rule, but if your pet is predisposed to (or currently suffering from) a particular dental ailment, he may require more frequent care. A typical dental exam includes a careful inspection of the mouth for oral cancer, periodontal disease, tartar buildup and any obvious tooth damage. X-rays can help us examine the inner layers of teeth and bone as well.
Pet teeth cleaning is commonly performed at the same time as a dental exam, with the patient safely anesthetized to keep him calm and still. We use specialized pet teeth cleaning instruments to scrape away even the toughest tartar hidden beneath the gums, discouraging the bacterial accumulation that causes periodontal disease.
If your pet is diagnosed with an oral or dental condition, rest assured that our Livonia veterinarian can provide the necessary treatment. In some cases, we recommend surgical procedures such as tumor removal or tooth extractions. Tooth extractions may be performed either to remove a source of dangerous infection or relieve acute pain from breakage or other damage. Our Livonia veterinarian can even advise you on how to inspect your pet's mouth for signs of trouble and keep his teeth clean between dental appointments.
Every pet deserves a healthy mouth, so make sure your special friends receive the pet dental care they need. Call our animal hospital in Livonia at (248) 615-7670 to schedule a dental exam and pet teeth cleaning!
I love this veterinary clinic. Dr. Sheehy and staff are all friendly and seem to take pride in their jobs. I enjoy taking my three rats there and would recommend them to everyone I know.