Pet Dental Service FAQs From Our Veterinarian in Lafayette LA
At Animal Care Hospital, our experienced veterinarian in Lafayette LA is committed to your pet's health and wellness. One aspect of your pet's health that you may not often consider, however, is that of his or her oral health. All too often, the teeth, gums, and mouth are neglected. Ideally, your pet should be seen for regular cleanings and exams. Fortunately, our vet team offers a wide range of dental services in our office. We take great pride in the quality of our service and make it a point to never allow an untrained or inexperienced employee perform the procedure. Instead, we ensure your pet’s dental procedure is strictly handled by our experienced veterinarian, Dr. Guidry.
Commonly Asked Questions About Pet Dental Care
How often does my pet need dental exams?
Just as you should see your dentist twice a year, we also recommend that most pets come in for an oral exam every six months. Exams are performed by Dr. Guidry and allow us to be on the lookout for any signs of dental problems and conditions, such as decay or gum disease.
What about dental cleanings?
In addition to regular exams, we also highly recommend occasional cleanings by our veterinary team. Specifically, most pets should have a dental health restoration/cleaning at least once a year, though some may need them more or less often. Our vet can make a recommendation based on your pet's needs.
What other dental service options do you offer?
In addition to routine exams and cleaning, we also offer a number of other dental service options for your pet, including dental X-rays, scaling, and treatment for dental conditions.
Will you place my pet under anesthesia?
We generally recommend anesthesia for all dental cleanings, as this reduces stress on your pet and allows our veterinary team to do the most thorough cleaning job possible. If your pet has an existing medical condition, such as known kidney or liver problems, anesthesia can be risky. This is why we will also take the time to perform a pre-dental blood draw. This blood evaluation will allow us to establish any health problems that could make anesthesia too risky and will otherwise help us determine the proper dosage.
Rest assured that when your pet is placed under anesthesia, his or her vital signs will be carefully monitored before, during, and after the dental treatment.
What are the symptoms of pet dental problems?
Pet owners should always be on the lookout for symptoms of common dental problems, such as gum disease (which is prevalent in nearly one in three household pets). Specifically, watch your pet for severe bad breath, red and swollen gums, bleeding gums, and missing adult teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms or if your pet seems to be having trouble chewing dry food, then it's time to see our vet for an evaluation.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Lafayette Veterinary Team
If your pet is due for a dental cleaning or exam, it's time to schedule one with our Lafayette veterinary team. You can reach Animal Care Hospital to get your pet's dental treatment scheduled by calling (337) 981-0909. We look forward to serving your pet!