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Pet Dental Care in Elwood

Is your pet's mouth odor becoming a distraction? At Elwood Animal Hospital, we’re passionate about educating pet owners on the topic of pet dental care and the need for daily, consistent treatment at home. Dental chews and treats are not an effective deterrent against plaque buildup and any infections that follow. Daily brushing and yearly checkups with your veterinarian are your pet’s best defense against plaque buildup, odor-causing bacteria, dental disease, and other risk factors.

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What is Dental Disease?

Dental disease is one of the most common health conditions affecting dogs and cats. In its early stages it starts with plaque and tartar buildup, and without treatment can eventually lead to inflamed gums, tooth loss, and harmful bacteria in the bloodstream. Pets with advanced dental disease are at a much higher risk for heart disease, along with diseases of the kidneys and liver.

Fortunately, dental disease is preventable with daily teeth brushing and regular exams and teeth cleanings at our hospital. By improving your pet's oral health, you're also improving their overall health.

If your pet has bad breath, yellow/brown teeth, and noticeable trouble eating, they could have a dental problem. Contact us today to schedule an oral exam for your pet.

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Your Pet’s Oral Health Care Plan

Both dogs and cats should have a dental hygiene plan in place to prevent oral diseases that can harm their quality of life. This includes both at-home and professional cleaning.

  • Brushing your pet’s teeth clears away food debris, preventing the buildup of plaque and bacteria and increasing the time between professional teeth cleanings at our hospital.
  • Dental chews for dogs further aid in removing food and plaque from the teeth. Some dental chews contain an ingredient that coats the teeth, protecting them from plaque buildup.
  • A dental diet supports your pet’s daily regimen by minimizing plaque and tartar buildup.

If you cannot convince your pet to tolerate teeth brushing, ask us about other options. There are a variety of ways that you can improve your pet’s oral hygiene, from a prescription diet to oral care wipes.

Professional Dental Cleanings

Elwood Animal Hospital’s veterinarians and technicians have experience, skill, and extensive knowledge regarding the latest practices in pet dentistry. This means that every step of the process is performed with the utmost concern for your pet’s health, safety, and well-being.

  • All pets must be under anesthesia for their teeth cleanings to ensure comfort, safety, and thoroughness. We examine patients beforehand and do blood testing as needed to assess their health.
  • Additionally, we take dental X-rays in order to look below the gum line, where most dental problems occur. This includes tooth decay, bone loss, tooth fractures, and dental disease.
  • We clean your pet’s teeth above and below the gum line using an ultrasonic scaler. This ensures the complete removal of any plaque or calculus present.
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Most generous, kind and loving staff amongst ANY veterinarian office/animal hospital I've ever been to. 

- Nicky

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