When a pet’s health is compromised or when he is not thriving, it could be a problem with his environment, lifestyle, nutrition, or something else. Pet owners rely on Dr. Kris Dailey at Animal Wellness Center in Davis, CA, for an accurate diagnosis and effective solutions. Integrative veterinary medicine looks at a broader picture of animal health, which can be very informative when addressing and preventing an illness. In much the same way, attentive pet owners know that dentistry plays an important role in the overall health of a pet.
The Value of Pet Dentistry
Your pet’s appetite strongly determines his will to get enough food into his body to sustain good nutrition. His food intake contributes to the health of his immune system, the protection he gets from healthy skin and coat, and of course a multitude of internal processes at the cellular level. Dental problems can also lead to health issues in other parts of your pet’s body. Dental care needs to be a part of your pet’s regular annual health checkups.
Stomatitis is brought on by bacterial or viral sources. The development of stomatitis can be seen in bright pink or red gums, tongue, and inside of the cheeks. This condition comes with swelling and significant pain. Our vet will prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication to take care of the infection and alleviate your pet’s pain. You will need to keep an eye on your pet’s behavior as well as his gums because it might resurface.
Bacteria in your pet’s mouth contributes to the growth of plaque. Plaque can develop under the gum line and continue to spread, hardening to become irritating calcified deposits. The gums then become inflamed and bleed as they do with stomatitis. Periodontal disease can affect the ligaments connecting the teeth to the jaw and your pet’s teeth may loosen and fall out. To treat periodontal disease, our veterinarian will clean and remove the plaque from your pet’s mouth.
Impacted teeth or those that have been damaged to a certain point by disease will need to be removed to prevent the risk of further health problems. This surgery is performed at an animal hospital while the pet is under anesthesia, removing the tooth at the root.
Pet Dental Care in Davis, CA
If you notice a decrease in appetite, pawing at the mouth, drooling, bleeding from the mouth, or a scruffy coat from lack of grooming, your pet should visit a veterinarian immediately to check for a dental problem. Call Animal Wellness Center today at (530) 756-7387 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.