DENTAL DISEASE

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, we not only prioritize transparent and compassionate vet care for your pets, but preventative care for your pets. One of the best ways to ensure a long, happy life for your dog or cat is to take care of their teeth. Dental care in pets is one of the most important aspects of pet care, and can make a significant difference in the overall health and longevity of your pet. Dental disease, or periodontal disease affects over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three. The effects of periodontal disease can easily turn fatal, as bacteria in the mouth converges straight into the blood stream.

As a vet in Colorado Springs, we are proud to provide consistent and wholesome pet care, specifically specializing in dental care and dental disease prevention for dogs and cats. Here is everything you need to know about periodontal disease and howwe can help at Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic.

Dental Disease Prevention

At Ponderosa, we strive to be the best vet for dental care in Colorado Springs by not only providing top notch services, but also by empowering pet owners with practical tips and information about how to prevent dental disease. Our knowledgeable staff is always available as an excellent resource if you have any questions about how to care for your pet’s oral care at home between annual dental exams. Daily brushing, specialty dental care treats, and water additives that have the Veterinary Oral Care Seal of Acceptance are convenient ways to maintain your pet’s oral health.

SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASE

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Your pet moves away when you touch the mouth area
  • Abscesses
  • Eye damage

dental disease treatment

Dental disease can quickly lead to many more concerns other than the mouth; the disease can evolve to complicate your pet’s heart, lungs, liver, and more. If periodontal disease has taken over your pet, it’s time to move from prevention to treatment. Our experienced, caring veterinarian staff will thoroughly analyze the stages of how the dental disease has progressed in your pet and go over the next steps with you.

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STAGE ONE

Signs of gum disease are starting to show, specifically with symptoms of inflammation and redness. During this initial stage of dental disease, our veterinary staff will perform a deep cleaning throughout the gum line to ultimately prevent the disease from progressing.

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STAGE TWO

Once dental disease makes its way past the initial stages where it is relatively simple to take care of, you will see more concerning symptoms. Periodontal pockets between the gum and tooth are cause for concern, but our veterinary staff can reattach the gum to the tooth root rather easily after a deep cleaning and gel treatment.

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STAGE THREE

If preventative care was not administered in a timely manner and periodontal disease progressed in your pet’s gums, then tooth extractions may occur. Extractions are completed safely under anesthesia and typically occur when 50% bone loss or more occurs in your pet’s teeth. During an extraction, your pet’s vitals will be closely monitored and medications may be prescribed after the procedure to enhance your pet’s comfort.

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STAGE FOUR

Bone loss becomes so severe that the only option is tooth extraction and oral surgery. Fortunately, our veterinarians will be able to identify any other dental concerns and we will work with you to prevent further tooth extractions with preventative care and regular dental exams.

HOW WE CAN HELP AT PONDEROSA

Whether dental disease has made its way through your pet’s system and you are in need of extraction services or if it is time to schedule an annual dental cleaning to prevent against a potentially fatal dental disease diagnosis, then our experienced professionals can help. At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs, we strive to be the best vet for dental care because we understand how vital it is to take care of your pet’s teeth in order to maintain their overall well being. Give us a call to learn more or set up an appointment.