Shawnee Animal Hospital Pet Dentistry

Did you know that you can add two to four years to your pet's life with proper Shawnee pet dental care? Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet's health and can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems in dogs and cats can lead to larger systemic issues due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by three years of age.

Dental disease and its serious consequences can be avoided by bringing your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental check-ups and dog/cat teeth cleanings.

At Mill Creek Animal Hospital, in Shawnee KS, we use state-of-the-art technologies to clean each tooth thoroughly, above and below the gum line. We also have computer-enhanced dental radiography to give your veterinarian a view below the gum line where serious issues cannot be detected by visual inspection alone.

Should we find a problem, we are fully capable of providing your pet with a range of dental procedures that includes advanced oral surgery. For complicated cases, we may refer your pet to a veterinary dental specialist.

Home Veterinary Dental Care for Your Pets

Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian at Shawnee's Mill Creek Animal Hospital. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home — by brushing your pet's teeth as part of a home dental care regimen. We also have several products to help you with your home pet dental care.

In addition, any member of our Shawnee veterinary staff can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth as well as help you select from our wide range of dental products.

It is also important for you to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of dental problems, which 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