Pet Dental Care: A Healthy Mouth Means a Healthy Pet
Regular professional pet dental care is a part of your whole family’s health regime, so why not your pet? We all know that bacteria in the mouth causes bad breath, and while ‘dog breath’ may sound like a normal ‘dog thing’ it most certainly is not! As more and more bacteria build in your pet’s mouth, it can lead to dental disease which in turn can cause more serious conditions as bacteria from the mouth leak into the blood stream. This results in damage to major organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Luckily. with preventive measures including professional cleaning by our veterinary staff in Carmel and at-home care by you, you can entirely prevent dental issues from developing at all!
The Best Defense is Preventive Dental Care
At Clayton Family Veterinary Care, we emphasize preventive care as the most effective plan of action against dental disease. We provide basic pet dental cleaning as well as more complex services such as extractions. Complete preventive pet dental care is a combination of our services and your dedication:
- Scaling and polishing
- Thorough oral examination
- Extractions of broken or damaged teeth when needed
- Routine at-home care
Symptoms of Dental Disease
Even with consistent preventive care, it’s still important to recognize the signs of disease in case your pet does develop any symptoms. They may have varying signs including:
- Bad breath
- Discolored teeth (anything other than white)
- Red, inflamed gums
- Bleeding in the mouth or noticed on toys and in food and water bowls
- Disinterest in toys
- Difficulty eating and chewing
- Swelling in the mouth or gums
Making Safety A Priority
While this page is dedicated to pet dental care, our true dedication is to your pet’s safety and ultimate wellness. Our dental cleanings and procedures all happen with your pet under general anesthesia. Even the sweetest pets won’t tolerate the thorough cleaning we provide, and so anesthesia is necessary—both for their safety and comfort and ours. We will always perform a pre-anesthetic physical and highly recommend blood work as well. This helps us identify any recent changes in your pet’s health that may make them unfit for anesthesia.
Once your pet is cleared for the procedure, we leave nothing to chance. Every kind of vitals is monitored closely: blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen levels and body temperature. We also keep your pet’s fluids in check through with an intravenous (IV) catheter. One of trained staff members will be with them from start to finish, so they never are left alone. In most cases, pets are able to return home on the same day as their procedure!
How You Can Help at Home
Once we’ve provided a thorough cleaning and examination of your pet’s teeth, it’s up to you to keep them healthy. Frequent and diligent at home care means less trips to see us for a full cleaning, which saves you time and cost, and keeps your pet healthy and happy in the meantime!
While brushing is ideal, sometimes it cannot be done every day with uncooperative pets. However, there are a number of alternative dental treatments including dental chews and water additives that can help on those days when brushing isn’t possible. We recommend pet dental care products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. Their trusted seal of approval means the products have been tested to do exactly as they say they’ll do.
I was so happy to see Dr Ross Clayton again. He is just the best vet ever. This new practice is wonderful. He always knows what I am going to ask and explains things so well."
The Clayton's are a family that truly care about your pet as if they were their own. I highly recommend you check them out"
Dr. Ross Clayton is the most caring, knowledgeable vet we could have asked for! He has taken amazing care of our dogs since 2003!"
Dr. Clayton has been caring for my family's dogs for many years with exceptional knowledge, care and compassion. He's shown time and again his willingness to explore the best options for keeping our loved ones healthy and vital."
We love Dr. Clayton! We’ve been through a lot together! Our family has had as many as 3 labs at once. We’ve had them as puppies and seniors. We lost our oldest recently and Dr. Clayton helped us through it. He’s caring and knowledgeable. We HIGHLY recommend him!"
The precise genuine care for our pets and our family as a whole sets Dr. Ross Clayton and his wife Dr. Anne Clayton apart. We appreciate their attention to detail and prompt assistance. We have had the gentle care from this family for many many years. They have shared our enthusiasm as we brought home new puppies and through the end of the life of our beloved seniors. We can’t wait for the grand opening! Best wishes Clayton Family Veterinary Care!"