Bring your cat or dog in to our veterinarians at Broadway Animal Hospital for preventive and restorative veterinary dental health care.
Oral health is an essential component of overall health for our cats and dogs. However, most pets don't receive the oral hygiene care or routine dental care their mouths need so their teeth and gums remain healthy.
At our veterinary hospital in the Pacific Northwest, we provide comprehensive dental care services for your pet, from basics such as dental hygiene exams, teeth cleaning and polishing to dental x-rays and surgeries.
We are also passionate about dental health education and instructing pet owners on how to maintain an excellent at-home oral care routine for their cat or dog.
Learning that your pet needs dental surgery can feel overwhelming. We'll do everything we can to ensure your pet has an easy, comfortable experience with us. We'll explain each step of the process in detail with you before the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care requirements.
Your pet should have a thorough dental exam at least once a year. Cats and dogs that are more prone to dental issues than others may need to see us more often.
The veterinarians at Broadway Animal Hospital can examine, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
The veterinarian will complete a thorough pre-anesthetic physical assessment for your pet before their dental exam.
A blood and urine analyses will be performed to ensure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will complete a detailed oral examination (tooth-by-tooth) and charting.
Next, the teeth will be cleaned and polished (including below the gum line) and x-rays will be taken. The vet will then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth.
We finish treatment with a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attacking the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is discovered, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
Two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment, a complimentary followup exam will be scheduled.
During this visit, we will explain how to implement teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products to help improve your pet's oral health.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about pet dental care.
Just like us, our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a result of poor oral health.
When animals eat, plaque attaches to their teeth and may build up into tartar if not brushed away on a regular basis.
This can lead to infections, tooth decay, loose or missing teeth and even periodontal disease. That's why regular dental care is critical to preventing disease or pain in your pet's gums.
Your pet's behavior can indicate problems with their oral health. If your pet is experiencing dental issues, they may paw at their mouth or teeth, or drool excessively (and there may be pus or blood in their drool). They may also grind their teeth, yawn excessively or stop grooming themselves as they normally would.
Other signs of oral health issues include swollen gums, bad breath and discolored teeth. Some pets may even suffer pain that can keep them from eating. Learn more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
Besides causing issues ranging from bad breath to cavities and severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the heart, kidney, liver and other areas in your pet's body.
Tumors or cysts may develop. Your pet may also experience general discomfort or not feel well (if you've ever had a toothache, you know that it can impact your mood!). Alarmingly, diseases associated with oral health conditions can also shorten your pet's lifespan and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so vital to your pet's physical health and well-being.
During your pet's regular oral hygiene exam, the vet will check his or her mouth to look for oral health conditions, or any symptoms that may require treatment.
Tartar and other debris will be cleaned from your cat's or dog's teeth. If gingivitis, cavities or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will make note of these and provide advice on any actions you should take.
In some cases, your pet will require surgery to address serious conditions. We will provide anesthesia before your pet's dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care may be required after surgery.
If you notice any of the symptoms discussed above, schedule a dental appointment with us.
You should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis at home and give them dental chew toys to keep their teeth healthy and sharp, and to eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as toys, objects or bones that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns you have regarding your pet's oral health.
Because cats and dogs do not understand what is going on during dental procedures, they will often experience reflexive reactions such as biting or struggling. Before performing dental procedures, we provide all of our patients with anesthesia. This puts the animals under less stress and allows us to x-ray their mouth as required.
Looking for a vet in the Pacific Northwest? Whether your pet needs routine wellness exams, surgery, geriatric care or emergency care, we look forward to welcoming you to our family at Broadway Animal Hospital located in Everett.