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Veterinary Dentistry & Dental Surgery

Pet dental care is a cornerstone of our veterinary practice at Animal Care Extraordinaire; we offer veterinary dental exams, cleanings and surgical treatment for cats and dogs.

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Comprehensive Pet Dental Care

Routine dental care is a critical component of cats' and dogs' oral and overall health, but many pet owners are tragically unaware of this fact. In the United States, over 80% of cats and dogs have dental health issues, which is why our Stuart veterinary hospital provides complete pet dental coverage including exams, cleanings, polishing, x-rays, and surgeries.

Anesthesia is commonly used in veterinary dentistry but can be risky for older pets and those with health issues. We are proud to offer a safe and more cost-effective dental exam and cleaning option for dogs and cats without anesthesia, whenever possible.

Animal Care Extraordinaire invites pet owners to be part of their pet's veterinary dentistry team by educating them on good oral hygiene habits for cats and dogs.

Dental Care, Stuart Veterinary Dentistry

Dental Surgery in Stuart, FL

We understand that finding out that your pet needs dental surgery can be overwhelming. We strive to make this process as stress-free as possible, for you and for your pet. 

We'll do everything we can to ensure your pet's experience with us is comfortable and easy. We'll break down each step of the process to you in detail before the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care requirements. 

We offer tooth extractions and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.

Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams

Veterinary dental care is as critical for dogs and cats as dentists are for people! Much like your annual checkup with your veterinary dentist, your pet(s) should come in for a dental examination at least once a year - and possibly more frequently if they are at high risk.

Animal Care Extraordinaire can assess, diagnose, and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs. Whenever possible, we try to perform dental exams and cleanings without the use of anesthesia.

  • Symptoms

    If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.

    • Tartar buildup
    • Loose and/or broken teeth
    • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
    • Bleeding from the mouth
    • Bad breath 
    • Pain or swelling in or around the mouth
    • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
    • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth 
    • Discolored teeth 
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  • Assessment

    A thorough physical assessment will be completed for your pet before the dental exam.

    If your pet needs to be anesthetized for their exam, we will take blood and urine analyses to ensure it's safe. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted. 

    Once your pet is ready for their examination, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.

  • Treatment

    Next, the teeth are cleaned and polished (including under the gum line) and x-rays are taken. We then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth. 

    The final step is to apply a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you. 

  • Prevention

    Ideally, a follow-up examination will be scheduled two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment. 

    During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health. 

FAQs About Pet Dental Care

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about pet dental care.

  • Why do pets need their teeth cleaned?

    Our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a consequence of poor oral health. 

    Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly. 

    This can lead to infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.

  • How can I tell if my pet has oral hygiene issues?

    Did you know behavior may be an indication of oral health problems? If your pet is experiencing dental problems, they drool excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or you may notice them pawing at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.

    Other signs of oral health problems include bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. Some pets may even suffer from pain that keeps them from eating. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams. 

  • What long-term problems can poor oral health potentially cause in my pet?

    Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body. 

    Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain. 

    This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing. 

  • What happens during a pet teeth cleaning appointment?

    During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will examine his or her mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.

      The vet will clean tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take. 

      In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat serious conditions. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. However, special care will be needed post-surgery. 

      If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us. 

    • What should I do at home to keep my pet’s teeth clean between dental appointments?

      At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque. 

      Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health. 

    Specialized Cat and Dog Dentists

    When a patient's needs exceed our capabilities, we refer our clients to a trusted specialist for help

    In more extreme cases, our patients may require dental care beyond our general practice, when the need arises we will refer you and your pet to a specialist veterinary dentist in Stuart. We work closely with specialists we refer our patients to in order to ensure they receive the continuity of care they deserve.

    Contact us today if you are worried about your pet's oral health!

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