Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. Over 68% of all pets over the age of three have some form of dental or periodontal disease! Sometimes pets will show a few noticeable signs of dental disease such as bad breath, or other sings usually secondary to pain (loss of appetite, drooling, pawing, etc). If left untreated, the advanced stages of periodontal disease can lead to heart, liver, kidney, and lung disease, as well as a significantly reduced quality of life.
PREVENTION IS IMPORTANT! Please discuss preventative measures with our staff at your next appointment, such as dental chews, water additives, and teeth brushing, to ensure the healthiest teeth and gums possible for your pet.
Dental cleanings and surgery: Northern RI Animal Hospital provides comprehensive dental procedures, which are performed under general anesthesia and include a complete evaluation and therapeutic treatment of your pet's teeth and gums. The procedure involves probing, scaling, and polishing of teeth. Additionally, all of our dental surgery patients receive full-mouth dental radiographs, which can show disease progression and tooth integrity under the gum line (think of the tooth being like an iceberg... only the tip is visible, and most of the disease is unseen below the gumline!) In instances where dental disease has progressed, the veterinarian may choose to perform extractions so as to further prevent future infection, disease and pain.
All pets admitted for "dentals" are considered surgical patients. Please see our Surgical Services page to educate yourself as to what your pet's day in the hospital will entail.