Ithaca Pet Dental Care

Keep Your Pet's Mouth Healthy With Help From Our Veterinarians

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You are a responsible pet owner and you take good care of your pet. But do you always remember to take care of your pet's teeth?

Pets have dental diseases and problems just like people do. Regular dental check-ups at Veterinary Care of Ithaca, combined with good dental hygiene at home, can increase your pet's health, vitality, and well-being and help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's overall health before symptoms are noticeable. For those reasons, our veterinary team strongly considers dental care an important piece of your dog's or cat's preventive health care program.

Protecting Your Pet's Dental Health at Veterinary Care of Ithaca

We believe that the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam, sometimes followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

At our veterinary hospital a dental cleaning may include:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Full-mouth digital X-rays
  • Supra and subgingival scaling
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet. We are experienced dental practitioners and are capable of offering a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries. Our state of the art digital dental X-ray machine allows us to evaluate oral health beyond what is visible to the eye.

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In Between Cleanings: Dental Care at Home

You can prevent serious dental problems by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at 6 months of age, and then annually. In between visits to your veterinarian at Veterinary Care of Ithaca, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments. If brushing is not possible in your pet, a prescription dental diet may be a consideration.

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If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a staff member at Veterinary Care of Ithaca for instructions.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Symptoms of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Veterinary Care of Ithaca today at (607) 273-3133 for an appointment.